Iranian Resistance calls for urgent action to save two Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey

Two Iranian asylum seekers were arrested Thursday, December 12, by the Turkish police in Aksaray and are being deported to Iran, reports from Turkey say.

Both asylum seekers, Mohammad Riza Moghimi and Mansour Sabetghadam, have obvious records of sympathy and activity in support of the Iranian Resistance and their deportation to a regime condemned 39 times in the United Nations for its violations of human rights and export of terrorism, is like signing their death verdict.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran condemns the arrest of these asylum seekers which clearly contradicts the most basic principles of humanity and tramples upon the sacred right to asylum. Ironically, the arrests coincide with the UN General Assembly vote to condemn the mullahs' flagrant violations of human rights and export of terrorism.

The NCR calls on international human rights organizations, particularly the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Amnesty International and the UN Human Rights Commission's Special Representative on Iran to secure the release of the two Iranian asylum seekers and facilitate their transfer to a third country.

In the past years, the Iranian Resistance has repeatedly emphasized that according to the principles which are recognized worldwide, the responsibility for the safety and security of Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey lies with the government of that country. Unfortunately, however, Iranian refugees and dissidents in Turkey continue to be deported, extradited and subjected to all sorts of pressure. This is while the regime's terrorist diplomats take advantage of their diplomatic facilities and resources and have turned Turkey into a hunting ground for their opponents.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
December 13, 1996

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