Sunday, February 28, 2010

13 Kurdish asylum seekers killed themselves

Erbil - The head of International Federation for Iraqi refugees confirmed that 13 Kurdish asylum seekers committed suicide because of forced deportations.

Dashti Jamal from International Federation for Iraqi refugees revealed this. "So far 213 Kurdish refugee have died in Europe, in which thirteen of them died as result of forced deportation [suicide] and some of them have died, when they tried to escape from Turkish and Iranian police," he said.

According to the Federation's statistics in the last five years 4240 Iraqi and Kurdish asylum seekers have been deported back to Iraq and Kurdistan region.

Furthermore Jamal revealed that last week 35 Kurdish asylum seekers were deported back to Erbil International Airport from European countries by military planes.

© Rudaw