ANYONE WHO believes that the government's assault on asylum seekers leaves the most desperate 'legitimate' refugees untouched, should look at Abas Amini's face. The Home Office is appealing against a decision to give him asylum in Britain. He is so desperate he has sewn up his own eyes, mouth and ears in protest.
Abas is a 33 year old Iranian Kurdish poet. He has faced imprisonment, torture and persecution for his political beliefs and writing in Iran, a country which the press has lined up to criticise over human rights. He arrived in Britain two years ago after escaping from prison.
The government wants to send him back to Iran where he believes he will be executed. 'I don't know what I have to do any more for my situation to be resolved so I can live like a human being,' Abas said through closed lips. 'Shouldn't a human being have a square foot of earth to live on in peace?'
He is the just one of the victims of the bigoted campaign against asylum seekers which the right wing press spews out daily and home secretary David Blunkett caves in to.
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