ICHR strongly calls on the democratic countries, specially Canada, U.S, Australia and Europe to take serious actions and help Anwar Nillufary, the Iranian recognized refugee, and a beneficiary of international protection, in Greece who has been on hunger strike to have his case heard after six years of uncertainty.
These countries must step up to rescue Anwar Nillufary from the six years of uncertainty that has pushed him to a hunger strike that’s putting his life in danger, and give him a chance at a life where he can have hope rather than the dark fear of uncertainty.
The situation of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers around the world is at critical point. Many like Anwar Nillufary, the Iranian recognized refugee, and a beneficiary of international protection, in Greece who has been on hunger strike in front of the UNHCR building in Athens for more than 50 days in order to have his case heard, after six years of uncertainty.
Anwar Nillufary wrote that “Today is Thursday, August 13, 2020 and I have completed 52-days of my 2nd Hunger Strike here at the doorsteps of the UNHCR office in Athens, Greece.”
He add; “ Yet, up to this date I have not been contacted nor have I been offered any help and support neither by the UNHCR nor by the Greek government OR any of the Humanitarian NGOs for that matter.”
According to the reports Anwar Nillufay’s health and physical condition are critical, and before his Hunger Strike causes him any harm OR before it leads to his death by starvation, the UNHCR, the democratic countries specially Canada, U.S. and Australia should take serious actions for sustainable solution for Anwar’s asylum, Resettlement, and Readmission.
Anwar Nillufary’s life is in danger and he is at the point that he can not stand or talk without getting exhausted, or fainted. His physical state is extremely critical, to the point that Anwar said; “ At this moment it’s really hard to imagine myself surviving for two more weeks.”
On that note; ICHR strongly calls on the Canadian government to step up to rescue Anwar Nillufary from the six years of uncertainty that has pushed him to a hunger strike that’s putting his life in danger, and bring him to Canada so he can have a chance at a life where he can have hope rather than the dark fear of uncertainty.
Refugees can not go back home, we have to help them start their life’s over.
“Our country has always reached out to help the people around the globe that needed it, and today the people of Iran and the neighbouring countries need our help.” Added; Ardeshire Zarezadeh, Executive Director at ICHR Canada.
ICHR also strongly urges the Canadian government to step up to rescue the vulnerable refugees whom has received status by UNHCR, and honour the LGBT refugee program to bring LGBT+ asylum seekers to Canada from countries where they are in danger including Iran and its neighboring countries.
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