Tässä on Jere Liikasen (ps) kirjoitus Länsi-Savossa (17.8.)
A week after Fayaz has stopped his 10-day hunger strike by the insistence of nurse and caseworkers, he has published a video from his cell in the Metsälä reception center for migrants.
In the video (Published by Fayaz and Ahmad Hosseini a local activist) he is giving an update about his situation, his case, the unbelievable stress, uncertainty about his life and his future. He mentioned that he has even prepared himself to die!
Simply for being a refugee, and someone who has fled a dangerous situation, he is treated as a criminal by the law enforcement and Helsinki Police. The reason that given to him for his detention in Metsälä Reception Center is that he has left Finland to another country! In this video, he makes clear that the reason why he fled to Luxembourg from Finland was due to the fear of deportation.
After a conversation with him last week, he mentioned that his friend who fled to Luxembourg with him is now accepted as an asylum seeker in Luxemburg. Fayaz is afraid of Taliban for hostility towards him and his family. In 2013, his father went missing in Ghazni, and he fled Afghanistan in 2015.
Here is the note I published on Facebook after the meeting with Fayaz:
“This morning, I had the privilege of meeting Fayaz at Metsälä Migrant Removal Center, which was basically a low-level security prison. Some spaces in this world cannot be described by words so I don’t even try. He was on the 9th day of hunger strike and very weak but had such a warm presence that I will probably never forget in my life. I wish that we can at least get him out of there. Everyone should know that “Refugees are not criminals and they are welcome here” and human life has to be preserved.
Just this week there was a new wave of attacks around Afghanistan in Ghazni and Kabul where NewYork Times called it: “Dream of a Better Life in Afghanistan Ends in a Hilltop Grave for Students” and Amnesty identified the attacks as “War Crime”. Simultaneously, Mohammad Javid a local activist has published a tweet about the recent deportation to Afghanistan carried by Suomen Poliisi
Migrant Tales in a recent post has compared Finnish Migration policies to Trump’s USA and it’s zero tolerance migration policies. And Helsinki’s Stop Deportations group has published an interview with Finnish ambassador in Afghanistan during the “Afghan women Film festival” in Espoo, talking about the current unsafe situation of Afghanistan.
For how long will the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) with the backing of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government continue to maintain that Iraq is a “safe” country to deport asylum seekers? The latest victim of this flawed policy is 33-year-old Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi, who sought asylum in 2015 and died on Wednesday in Basra.
Migrant Tales reported in October 2016 of two Iraqi asylum seekers who returned to their home country and were killed.
According to a source who has been in touch with Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi’s relatives in Iraq, the young asylum seeker was apprehended by the police, tortured and then killed.
“There are conflicting stories about Alsilmawi’s deportation to Iraq from Finland,” said the source. “The family in Iraq said that he returned voluntarily while other sources at the Jämsä asylum reception center state that he was detained by the police and forcibly deported.”
Harith Mana’thar Badr Alsilmawi’s death certificate. Source: Facebook.
This story will be updated.
It would be wrong to conclude that Brexit is the cause of the racism we are witnessing today in the United Kingdom. Surprised? Not really. What would you expect from a country that has a dark history in global domination, exploitation, and genocide?
The common thinking of some people about the United Kingdom is that it was its divine right to colonize, enslave, exploit, pillage and commit genocide on a mass global scale. Britain is as much out of touch with its racism and bigotry as it is in acknowledging, apologizing and compensating its victims.
The racism we are seeing today in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and elsewhere is the same ogre that conquered and pillaged the world through the greed of colonization and slavery.
Below is a story in metro.co.uk that highlights the illness facing
Read the full story here.
Thank you Patrick Yu for the heads-up.
In March, we wrote about the case of an over sixty-year-old disabled white undocumented migrant whose residence permit had been rejected by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) because she wanted to live with her daughter and grandchildren.
Finland’s strict immigration policy is that it doesn’t recognize grandparents as part of the nuclear family.
A few years ago, there were two high-profile cases in the Finnish media involving grandmothers. Migri had tried to deport unsuccessfully three times a Russian citizen, Irina Antonova, who had suffered a stroke in Finland while visiting her daughter. Egyptian grandmother Eveline Fadayel was granted a residence permit after a lengthy battle with Migri officials.
In spring, when I spoke to Sheryl* the first time, she had overstayed her visit to Finland and had become an undocumented migrant. Her future in Finland was left to chance until two policemen “barged” in her home this month.
She then messaged me.
After the police visited her home, Migri gave Sheryl a month to leave the country. Her passport was confiscated and Migri will only return it after she has purchased a plane ticket. She said that she has no will to leave her daughter and family behind or the money yet to buy the plane ticket.
Sheryl said that in North America she has no home and will t
“We are all very upset by what happened,” she said. “I haven’t broken the news to my three grandchildren, who are 3, 5, and 6 years old. I know the news will make them cry.”
Sheryl blames Finland’s “inhumane” immigration policy for separating families.
“My daughter and her children are the only family I have,” she said. “Why can’t I stay if I’m not a drain on the system?”
*The real name of the person was changed and she spoke on condition of anonymity.
I ran across a story in Seura about the far-right vigilante group, Soldiers of Odin, starting a chapter in Finland’s Åland Islands. Migrant Tales has wondered in a number of stories the Finnish media’s fascination with far-right and racist groups like the
But it’s not only the media that gives space and exposure to such Nazi- sympathizing groups, some police representatives don’t see any problems with them either.
“In my opinion, it’s positive that we have more ears and eyes in [Åland] society, which inform the police,” Maria Hoikkala, Åland chief of police, was quoted as saying in Ålandstidningenille.
Read the full story (in Swedish) here.
In light of the police’s continued mixed response to far-right vigilante groups and the media’s apparent fascination with them, one may correctly ask why was the story about this group published in a Åland newspaper? The story doesn’t tell us, but we may be talking about a “taxi organization,” or that all of its members can fit in the
Why is this a story in the first place and why does the chief of police not have any issues with this far-right group that marches and has
Is it because they are white?
The fact that a group identifies with neo-Nazis raises a lot of questions about Hoikkala’s knowledge about the horrors of World War 2.
“In order to deter and discourage migrants and asylum seekers from coming to the country, the Trump administration implemented the controversial
While different in some respects, US zero tolerance and Finland’s immigration policy are fuelled by the same factor:
How many times have we heard different representatives of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government justify the tightening of immigration policy and
This shameful policy leads us down a slippery slope where our values as a society and our institutions are undermined and suffer cracks.”