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(en) Ireland: Dublin rally in support of Afghan hunger strikers this Saturday

Date Fri, 19 May 2006 09:58:56 +0200 (CEST)

LET THEM STAY::: Rally at 2pm, outside St Patrick's cathedral (corner of
Patrick Street and Kevin Street) organised by Residents Against Racism -
supported by the Workers Solidarity Movement*
Note - there are also pickets every day at 12.30 and 18.30, support is
very much needed at these!!
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Afghans describe reasons for their action:
(I attended last nights vigil outside the cathedral. While there I got a
copy of what appears to be a statement from the Afghans probably released
near the start of the occupation as it refers to 33 Afghans (this number
rose to 41 within hours). As this doesn't seem to be online I've typed it
in below - it certainly nails some of the lies being told and it is
important that there words are circulated.)

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Hunger strike by 33 Afghan asylum seekers in order to be given refugee
status by the Irish Department of Justice

Afghanistan has been a country in critical war conditions for a long time,
whether it was occupied by Russia troops or whether there was civil war.
The human rights records remained poor due to a weak central government
and deadly insurgents.

There are reports of politically motivated or extrajudicial killings by
the governments or its agents. For example torture, official impunity,
poor prison conditions, prolonged pre-trial detention, abuse of authority
by regional commanders, restrictions on freedom of the press, religion,
movement and associations, acts of violence, discrimination against women
and minorities, trafficking in persons, abuse of workers rights, child
labour, etc.

Unacquainted with the totality of the current situation in Afghanistan,
the refugee application commissioner has not given full attention to our
situation and has refused most of our asylum application without
considering our human rights.

We held a disciplined demonstration against the decisions in Dublin in
order to defend our rights and to fight for justice, but unfortunately we
have not been give a positive response by the Department of Justice. We
left Afghanistan to survive and protect our rights.

We have been here in Ireland for a number of years and most of us have
been suffering from mental and physical problems on top of the mental and
physical torture we had to endure in Afghanistan.

We could not bear this situation any longer. So finally we have taken
refuge in this holy church and started a hunger strike to defend our human
rights to asylum.

We want the opportunity to live a life in peace here in ireland. Otherwise
we will face death.

St. Patrick's Cathedral Patrick Street Dublin 8


Background reading - http://struggle.ws/wsm/refugee.html

* Irish anarchist communist organization

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