Free JAMAL Campaign

We, two Kurdish refugee families, have been sitting in at the entrance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tokyo to demand the following:

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We, the 12 members of the Kazankiran and Dogan families, have been sitting in at the entrance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tokyo since July 13, 2004.

If we are deported back to Turkey we will be brutally punished, and may even face the death penalty, because we joined demonstrations in Turkey to demand our right to live in peace without any persecution there.

Many Kurds have escaped from Turkey to Western countries in fear of their life. We fled from Turkey to Japan and over the last 8 years have petitioned the Immigration Bureau of Japan to grant us refugee status.

Some of us have applied several times but the Immigration Bureau has rejected our applications due to "lack of evidence," even though we offered concrete evidence to support our claims. In fact, to date not a single Kurd has been recognized by the Japan government as a refugee.

This merciless immigration policy made us lose hope that Japan would ever accept us as refugees, so we decided to turn to the UNHCR for assistance. We are calling on the UNHCR to:

1. Recognize us all as refugees.
2. Help us gain refugee status in a third country.
3. Assist us in obtaining visas that will allow us to live & work in Japan until we are able to leave for a third country.

We also, as both Kurds and as refugees, call on the Japanese government to release all refugees from detention centers. As Kurds, we ask that the government immediately release the Kurds Chikanerman and Ergeeyusuhu from the Ushiku detention center (East Japan Immigraition Center), and the Kurds Yudulmekulem and Aiyuduzuari from the Shinagawa detention center (Tokyo Immigration Center).

All we ask is that we be allowed to live our lives in safety and in peace, like any other person. As a desperate last resort to bring this about, we decided to sit in in front of the UNHCR with our small children.

We call on the UNHCR to treat us in accordance with the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and sincerely hope that people in Japan and all over the world will understand the justice of our cause.


The Kazankiran Family:
Ahmet Kazankiran
Safiye Kazankiran
Zeliha Kazankiran
Ramazan Kazankiran
Mustafa Kazankiran
Hatice Kazankiran
Mercan Kazankiran

The Dogan Family:
Dogan Erdal
Dogan Deniz
Dogan Meryem
Dogan Merve
Dogan Mehmet

Saturday, July 31, 2004


Contact to: (Dogan Erdal) (Kazankiran Zeliha) (Dogan Deniz)
080-1133-7355 (Dogan Erdal)
090-5437-6667 (Kazankiran Ahmet)
090-4726-4598 (Kazankiran Zeliha)
090-4009-3608 (Dogan Deniz)

Sit in at the enterence of the UN House
5-53-70 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
About 8 minutes walk from the JR Shibuya station

Please call 03-3499-2011 Nataly:
head offical of UNHCR on the phone
to let her to accept the above demands.