Halt deportations to Syria: Social Democrats
Published: 29 Oct 2011 09:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Oct 2011 09:21 GMT+02:00
Lena Sommestad, chair of the Social democrat’s women’s association S-Kvinnor, and three other representatives from Social Democrat organizations are behind the demands.
“The Foreign Ministry (Utrikesdepartementet) has for a long time discouraged people from visiting Syria and is now advising Swedes to leave the country,” the four wrote in the Svenska Dagbladet daily.
“If the ministry doesn’t deem the country to be safe for Swedes, then why is it acceptable to deport politically active refugees there? Is Sweden differentiating between people and people,” they wrote.
They describe it as hypocrisy to stand up for human rights and support cries for democracy on the one hand, and at the same time decline to offer protection to those who have fled a violent regime.
According to UN sources, 3000 people, 200 of them children, have been killed during the demonstrations in Syria.
“In the light of this it is both surprising and worrying that the Swedish state is pursuing a restrictive asylum policy where politically active people are forcibly deportated into the hands of a regime which uses its entire military superiority to strike down a mainly unarmed and peaceful opposition movement," they wrote.