A Kurdish activist in Sweden who faces deportation to Iran fears imprisonment and death

by , under Enrique Tessieri


An activist of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) in Sweden is under threat of being deported to Iran, where he believes he could be imprisoned and life would be under threat. Following the footsteps of many of his country, Agrin,* came to Sweden in 2015 and lives in Eskilstuna, located 112 kilomters west of Stockholm.

A representative of the the Summit Foundation for Refugee and Displaced Presons Affairs, expressed “extreme concern” about the plight of the etained Kurdish activist facing deportation to Iran. He wrote that thereatment and punishment of those who oppose the Iranian regime is “well-known.”

“When someone is bing deported from one country to another, the authorities of the country apprehend, handcuff and evn restrain the person if necessary,” the representative wrote in an email. “Then he is escorted by three officials with his files, which will be handed as well to that country’s authorities.”

While the complicated political situation of the Kurds is due to the ongoing conflict in Syria and the region, both Turkey and Iran announced Wednesday that their forces will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels.

Agrin used to live in the Rammadi refugee camp in Iraq but after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, he moved with his family to another city in Iraq.

Agrin taking part in a demonstration against Iran in Sweden.


In recent years, a number of EU countries have deported many Iranian political opposition activists resulting in one execution and disappearance of many others. The crackdown of Kurdish activists in Iran has resulted in imprisonment and death, according to Hengaw Organisation for Human Rights.

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* The original name of the person was changed.