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Jamal Saberi must be Recognised as a Refugee
Urgent Action Appeal to the Japanese Government
December 2005


PETITION to RECOGNISE JAMAL SABERI as a REFUGEE

Mon. Apr. 25, 2005: Urgent Action for Defending Iranian and Kurdish Refugees FREE JAMAL SABERI & ERDAL DOGAN NOW !

11:30 Monday, April 25, 2005
At Tokyo Nyukokukanri Kyoku (Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau)
http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/soshiki/iten.html

To all friends who are concerned about refugees status in Japan:

Iranian refugee Jamal Saberi has come from Ushiku detention center temporaly and now he is here in Tokyo Immigration office to have got self-examined by Tokyo District Court on a civil suit against the Justice Minister. We all stand by Jamal Saberi. Let Jamal Saberi have refugee status ! Free Jamal Now !

Kurdish refugee Erdal Dogan was detained here in Tokyo Immigration office March 18. Desparing of chauvinistic immigration policy here, five Dogan family members had been preparing for getting out Japan to a third country. Why did Justice Minister get him into custody apart from his little daughter and son? What does JUSTICE stand for? Free Erdal Dogan Now !

Kurdish refugees Ahmet Kazankiran and his son, Ramazan, though they have their U.N. recognition as "mandate refugees", were deported to Turkey January 18. This was really an unprecedented inhuman treatment. Japan has neglected its duties to cooperate with the UNHCR by deporting the two Kurds. No to futher forcibly deportation ! Let seven Kazankiran family members reunite now !

Sri Lankan refugee Rara-san was detained in Yokohama Immigration office April 7. Why does Justice Minister keep him away from his family? Is Japan a signatory country of the U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees? Japanese government should obey the internatioal law. Free Rara-san Now!

Japanese Koizumi government and its Justice ministry have pursecuted would-be refugees here in Japan. This facts will no doubt stain Japan's position in the international community. If Japan continues to oppress human rights of foreigners, Japan will no position to seek permanet member of the U.N. Security Council.

Stop futher deportation of refugees !
Let all detained have full human rights !
Free all refugees from detention center !
Change xenohobic immigration policy !
Refugees Have the Right to Live in Peace without Persecution !
PROTESTS TO:
Minister of Justice: Minister NOONO Chieko
Ministry of Justice: 1-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-8977, Japan
Fax: +81 3 3592 7088/+81 3 5511 7200 (via Public Information & Foreign Liaison Office)
E-mail: webmaster@moj.go.jp

Solidarity with all refugees and foreigners in Japan
Urgent Action for Defending Iranian and Kurdish Refugees
Monday, April 25, 2005

pyonpyon@cap.bekkoame.ne.jp
http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~pyonpyon/fjc/j.htm


Stop Illegal Deportation of Kurdish Refugees In Japan! Defend Kurdish and Iranian Refugees In Japan!

Emergency Protest Picket at Japanese Consulate San Francisco, Feb. 3


Photo Gallery: Removing, Arresting, & Crushing Kurdish Families and Jamal's Sit-in Protests since July 13 at the Open Space of U.N. University, Shibuya, Tokyo, Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Jamal Saberi Arrested by Police September 22, 2004 Let's Kick Off Urgent Action

Protest Action at Shibuya Police Station Sep.25

About 30 riot police arrested Jamal Sarberi Wednesday, September 22, 2004, just after he and supporters of two asylum-seeking Kurdish families of Ahmet Kazankiran and Erdal Dogan staging a sit-in at open space of United Nations University in Tokyo's Shibuya district since July 13, got into a scuffle with guards.

Comrade Jamal, was arrested in the name of assault, having allegedly shoved one of the U.N.U. guards as they were removing posters in support of the Kurds from the university's walls and space. But, in fact, this a plot in order to arrest Jamal who has led the actions and to crush the never-ending sit in protests.

The UN House official where Tokyo office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is located, ordered two Kurdish families to leave the campus, where their tent is situated. According to the UN order, Guardmen of UN House began to destory our banner and poster and enforced protesting women to kick out. Thouse who sould be arrested for assault was brutal guardmen.

Comrade Jamal who engaged in peaceful protest actions was arrested by riot police invading UN House site. He is innosent.

Members of Free Jamal Campaign and supportes of the Kurdish families went to Shibuya police station where Jamal was got into custody immediate after he was arrested. Furtermore we held the rally and protest action against Shibuya police station to demand let him free now! Now we found the new organization to let him free from the custody beside ongoing Free Jamal Campaign and kick off new campagin.

Please show your support to Jamal against Jamanese Embassy or affiriated institusions in your country.


Jamal Saberi Freed April 15, 2004

Jamal Saberi was freed from Ushiku Detention Center on April 15, 2004. It's our victory, but Japan's immigration office is trying to put Jamal into custody again. Please support our Free Jamal Campaign furthemore.


International Campaign

Jamal saberi must be released from prison
We endorse the Jamal saberi must be released from prison Petition to Japan Ministery of Justice & UNHCR Japan branch.

Urgent Action Appeal

Jamal saberi must be released from prison

February 10, 2004

''Arrest by Japan's immigration police'/ Possible forcible return/
Incommunicado detention/ Fear of torture or ill-treatment
Japan/ UNHCR
Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) - Iranian asylum seeker

Jamal Saberi (Jala Ahmadzadeh Nouei) is an Iranian asylum seeker who has been
imprisoned in a Japanese Immigration detention center in Yokohama branch of
Tokyo Immigration Bureau for deportation to Iran since October 30, 2003.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION on Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei):

Mr. Jamal Saberi is a well known political opponent of the Islamic Republic of
Iran that came to Japan in 1990. Since 1992 he has joined the Worker-communist
Party of Iran (WPI). Mr. Saberi has been politically active with the WPI for the
past 10 years in Japan, including printing and distributing WPI literature as
well as writing several articles against the Islamic regime of Iran, which have
been published in Persian and Japanese magazines and websites. His lengthy
political activities with the WPI and against the Islamic regime of Iran have
come to the notice of Iranian authorities. He applied for refugee status to the
Japanese Minister of Justice on May 10, 2001.

Mr. Saberi has a well-founded fear of persecution based on his political
opinion. He warrants recognition as a political refugee and merits the
protection foreseen by the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of
Refugees. His life and freedom would be in danger if he were refouled to Iran.

The political and human rights situation in Iran:

Based on information gathered by the International Federation of Iranian
Refugees (IFIR) first-hand and from well-known international human rights
organizations, the Iranian government continues to be a major abuser of human
rights with no evidence of improvement. Systematic abuses include extra-judicial
killings and summary executions; widespread use of torture and other degrading
treatment; arrest and detention; lack of fair trials; and harsh prison
conditions

The political activity of banned organizations is forbidden in Islamic Republic
of Iran and if political activists are identified they would torture and heavy
sentences. Members of political parties and individuals particularly those
demanding the overthrow of the government face harsh and maximum sentences. The
Islamic government of Iran does not tolerate opposition from parties like the
Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI), who advocate and actively organize for an
equalitarian, non-religious and secular state.

Mr. Saberi clearly fulfills the criteria for refugee recognition detailed in
relevant international instruments. He faces a threat to his life or liberty if
refouled to Iran.

Forcible return of Iranian asylum seekers:

A well-known example of persecution upon forcible return to Iran was reported in
Amnesty International’s recent report on the forcible return of Iranian asylum
seekers from Japan in October 2003. According to Amnesty International’s press
release, a 58-year-old Iranian, an undocumented resident who converted to
Christianity in Japan, was sent back to Iran in October 2003 and was arrested
several days later. Five other Iranian undocumented residents Amnesty had been
in contact with have been deported since the start of 2004, but only one has
safely returned.

In other examples from an Australian newspaper The Age (29/04/2002) two Iranian
men refused refugee status by Australia after spending two years in detention at
Woomera were arrested by security police on their return to Iran and ordered to
appear before a revolutionary tribunal.
Also, Karim Tuzhali, a former asylum seeker recognized as a refugee by the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is another well known
case. The Turkish authorities forcibly returned him to Iran on 20 June 1998. He
was sentenced to death on 16 September 1998, in connec tion with his former
membership of the banned armed opposition group, the Kurdistan Democratic party
of Iran (KDPI). Karim Tuzhali was reportedly executed on 24 January 2002 at
Mahabad prison, western Iran. He had been in detention for three years,
allegedly in Orumieh prison, West Azerbaijan province. He had reportedly been
tortured while in detention and there was apparently a delay in releasing his
body to his family.
In other cases, 50-year-old Khaled Shoghi, who was forcibly returned from Turkey
and arrested in 1997, was tortured in Iran; Kheder Viesi, another returned
asylum seekesr, was sentenced to death in 1998 as well as Saleh Goudarzi, who
was sentenced to death in 1999, and is detained in Sanandaj prison.
IFIR considers the forcible return of Iranian political activists to be a
violation of the principle of non-refoulement. This principle prohibits the
forcible return of a person to a country where their life or freedom would be
threatened. It is a principle of customary international law, which binds all
states. Japan is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR) which prohibits torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Please send appeals immediately:

To the Japanese government:
- Calling on them to immediately recognize Jamal Saberi as a refugee;

- Calling for the immediate release of Jamal Saberi;

- Stressing that the forcible return of any person to a country where
they are at risk of torture or ill-treatment is a violation of the principle of
non-refoulement;


To the UNHCR in Japan - Tokyo:


- Calling on them to recognize Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzade Nouei) as a
refugee;

- Seeking assurances that he will be given immediate and unconditional
refugee status and granted protection.

APPEALS TO:


Japan ministry of justice

1-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-8977
the Red Brick Building (The Ministry of Justice)

Email: Webmaster@moj.go.jp
Tel: 00813 3592-7911 or 0081-3-3580-4111
Fax

UNHCR IN Japan  ETokyo
4-14 Akasaka 8-chome, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 107,
Tel: 0081- 3-3499-2310
Fax: 0081-3-3499-2273
E-mail: webmaster@unhcr.or.jp or jpnto@unhcr.ch

Please send appeals immediately. For further information, contact Farshad
Hoseini with Tel: 0031 613940534 or E-mail farshadhoseini@yahoo.com.

IFIR is an international non-governmental organization with over42-branches in
16 countries worldwide which advocates promoting and protecting the rights of
Iranian refugees and asylum seekers; provides evidentiary support through its
Documentation Center; and provides referrals for services.


This Urgent Action may be reposted if kept intact, including contact information
and stop action date (if applicable).
Thank you for your help with this appeal.

Urgent Action Network
IFIR
Postbus 1312
5602BH Eindhoven, Netherlands

Email farshadhoseini@yahoo.com
http://www.hambastegi.org
Phone: 31 6139 40 534

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END OF URGENT ACTION APPEAL

SAMPLE LETTER

RE: Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei)

To Whom It May Concern:

I / My Organization am / is writing to express my strongest concern over the
fate of Jamal Saberi (Jalal Amanzadeh Nouei) who is currently detained in
Yokohama branch of Tokyo Immigration Bureau and is going to be deported to Iran
from Japan. Jamal Aaberi is political opponent which will face serious
persecution if refueled to Iran.

I / My Organization urge(s) the Japan Immigration Authorities to immediately
release him and cancel his deportation order. I also urge the UNHCR and Japan
Immigration ministry to grant him refugee recognition.

I am awaiting you immediate intervention in this life-threatening situation.
Needless to say, the UNHCR and Japanese government will be held accountable for
Jamal Saberi's life and freedom.

Signed
Name
Organization

CC: ifir@ukonline.co.uk or farshadhoseini@yahoo.com


g; Weekly Paper of IFIR introduce the Free Jamal Campaign and it's meeting Jan. 31, 2004
http://www.hambastegi.org/farsi/haftegi/haftegi138.pdf (in Persian with photos)

Signature-Collecting Campaign to Support Jamal in Japan

Under translation...

Basic Data on Jamal Saberi

Jamal Saberi came to Japan in 1990.
He joined WCPIran in 1992 and a member of WCP Japan branch.
He applyed for refugee status to Japanese Minister of Justice in May 10, 2001.
The Minister rejected his application in March 28, 2002.
He raised an objection to the rejection in April 30, 2002.
The Minister rejected the objection, ordered to deport him and detained him in Yokohama branch of Tokyo Immigration Bureau in October 30, 2003.
His comrades and friends here kicked off supporting Jamal activities ,going to see him and then officially established the group to support Jamal (FJC: Free Jamal Campaign or JSK: Jamal-san o Shien-suru Kai in Japanese) November 12, 2003.
He transfered to Ushiku detention center (East Japan Immigration Center) in November 26, 2003.
With three lawyer, we filed the lawsuit to free Jamal against Minister of Justice, East Japan Immigration Center to the Tokyo Disctrict Court January 28, 2004.
FJC held a first rally to let Jamal be free, stop deportation of him, and authorize his refugee status in Tokyo, January 31, 2004.