Concerns about the violation of Refugees’ Human Rights in the Netherlands

by xenatisch

Gerd Leers

Minister for Immigration and Asylum Affairs
Postbus 20011, 2500 EA
Den Haag
The Netherlands

RE: Refugees’ Human Rights

Dear Dr Leers,

I am deeply concerned about the policies of the Dutch government regarding the asylum seekers in the Netherlands. The unbelievable incident of the self-immolation of an Iranian asylum seeker in Dam Square in Amsterdam was not only a tragedy, but an event that has probably deeply damaged the credibility of the advocacy of Human Rights in the Netherlands, and within the European Union.

It is reported that the above-mentioned individual had been in the Netherlands for 8 years and despite his insistence over the fact that his life was in danger in Iran, the Dutch government was about to issue a deportation order for him, which on its own can be considered as a violation of Human Rights. Condemning the Dutch government and holding it responsible for this incident, the world therefore understands that he would have not taken his life in its worst way in public if it was not to prove a fact. The very fact that he was telling the truth. It is also understood that the law of immigration in the Netherlands is very tough whereas incidents of such nature have been observed in the past as well.

The Netherlands’ international Human Rights obligations require the government to provide the asylum seekers with reasonable services. The Netherlands is also a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and is therefore obliged to ensure that the individuals are not being rendered homeless or vulnerable to the violation of other human rights.

I therefore request you to:

  • consider the current situation of the countries to which the asylum seekers may face deportation to. Some such countries as Iran, Afghanistan or Libya do not particularly welcome the deported asylum seekers, much less if their statuses in their countries of origin are politically involved.
  • look deeper into the cases concerning the LGBT as they are widely refused, and individuals affected may face capital punishments, or living a cosmetic life in order to remain alive in their countries of origin. The Netherlands is among the most vigorous countries in terms of defending the LGBT rights, the world so understands. And appreciating your efforts in terms of gaining the asylum seekers of such nature the right of getting reunited with their families, it is expected that you take further actions regarding this matter.
  • carry out an impartial and thorough investigation into the self-immolation incident in Dam Square, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Pouria Hadjibagheri

Political and Civil Rights Activist
Member of Amnesty International and Reporters without Borders