Socialist Worker

His face answers the lies about refugees

Issue No. 1853

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.

E-mail messages of support for Abas Amini to jorobdansam@aol.com


If you enjoy Socialist Worker, please consider giving to our annual appeal to make sure we can maintain and develop our online and print versions of Socialist Worker. Go here for details and to donate.

Article information

What We Think
Sat 31 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1853
Share this article


Tags



Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.