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Sweden stops plane of deported Iraqis

TT/David Landes · 17 Nov 2010, 08:15

Published: 17 Nov 2010 08:15 GMT+01:00

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The Court’s request, received Tuesday night by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), covered a number of deportees who were set to board the plane, which had been scheduled to depart on Wednesday morning.

The Migration Board has said previously it can’t stop all planned deportations of Iraqis who have had their asylum requests denied, a decision which has been roundly criticised.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, singled out Sweden in speaking out against reports that member states were preparing to return Iraqi citizens to Iraq in violation of a decision of the European Court of Human Rights.

“The Court has clearly asked Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom not to proceed with forced return of Iraqis in view of the recent deterioration of the security situation there. All Council of Europe member states must respect the decisions of the Court,” Jagland said in a statement.

The European Court of Human Rights is currently investigating if it’s safe for Iraqis, and in particular Iraqi Christians, to be sent back to certain parts of the country, including Baghdad.

As long as the investigation is ongoing, the Court has said that all Iraqis who so desire can have their deportation orders delayed and should be allowed to stay in the countries in which they are seeking refugee status.

“We’re doing this as a precautionary measure so that these people don’t get in a jam because the Court of Human Rights hasn’t had a chance to review their applications,” said Migration Board spokesperson Johan Rahm to the TT news agency regarding the cancellation of Wednesday’s flight.

The cancellation of the flight doesn’t mean the Migration Board has made a general decision to stop all deportations.

Migration minister Tobias Billström said each case must be assessed individually, even in decisions about whether or not to delay carrying out a deportation ruling.

“To go from individual reviews to collective reviews could result in every person in a group getting rejected or approved. And the question is how just that would be,” he told TT.

According to Billström, the Migration Board has delayed the deportation of Iraqis every time the European Court of Human Rights has requested the agency do so.

As a result, he has a hard time understanding criticism lodged against Sweden by the Council of Europe.

“Sweden has never acted in violation of a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights,” said Billström.

The minister also rejected reports that many Iraqis haven’t been informed that they can request to have their deportation rulings delayed.

“Several Swedish agencies provide information on how and where people can complain to the Court of Human Rights; it’s not like we’re withholding information,” he said.

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The Migration Board said on Tuesday that it had stopped the forced deportation of 61 Iraqis who had filed complaints with the European Court of Human Rights.

According to the agency’s chief legal officer Mikael Ribbenvik, about half of the Iraqi’s who seek asylum in Sweden are allowed to stay.

He also pointed out, however, that Sweden’s Migration Court of Appeals ruled in 2007 that there is no longer an armed conflict in Iraq and that the situation has improved since then.

“We’re waiting to see how the Court of Human Rights reacts to information about the country we’ve submitted to them, Ribbenvik told TT.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:22 November 17, 2010 by J Jack
Invading the world with Weapons of Mass Migration.
10:18 November 17, 2010 by Rishonim
Why not send them to less conflicting spots like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iran, Syria, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, UAE where they share the same language (except Iran) and other cultural similarities? I am sure they will be well received and the process of integration will be far less than in Sweden. The climate is better, the food, lots of mezquitas, no chance for their daughters running off with a western boy, or G-d forbids a Yahoudi.
10:39 November 17, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
Sorry,I am not trying to be pro-Christian Iraqi,unless the situation in Iraq is deem

safe and favourable to the Christian Iraqs then they should be allowed political asylum,also they are facing serious threats from militants.As for other iraqs of the Muslim faith,I am sure they wont face that much of a serious life threatening like

their Christian brothers as such have mercy for the Iraq Christians and God will definitely love you more.
10:40 November 17, 2010 by Nemesis
Regarding this comment.

"Sweden has never acted in violation of a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights," said Billström.

That is blatant nonsense.
10:53 November 17, 2010 by Sextant
"That is blatant nonsense. "

Or is it?

Sweden is not bound to follow a ruling from the Terrible European Court of Nonsense. No nation states are.
11:10 November 17, 2010 by Roy E
They should have just dropped them off in the lobby of Secretary General of the Council of Europe instead.
12:31 November 17, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Sextant

Wrong, as usual.
12:46 November 17, 2010 by Iraniboy
European court of human rights and other human right organisations criticize all countries. It is the the level and quanitity of criticism. I am sure Sweden has far less criticism if we compare it to other euopean countries like France fr example! Beat that!
13:57 November 17, 2010 by Sextant

Please motivate. You are just bullshitting as usual.
14:14 November 17, 2010 by Rick Methven
and you are trolling as usual
16:46 November 17, 2010 by asian123
cristian irakis are facing threat in irak from muslims.
16:53 November 17, 2010 by Syftfel
The situation in Iraq has NOT deteriorated! On the contrary, it has markedly improved thanks to the gallant efforts of the U.S. and its allies. THE ECHR is infested with leftists and liberals with ulterior motives, as are #8 and #10 above. Since when does the European Commission on Human Rights have the right to impose its definition of national sovereignty on any other nation?? Billström, the Netherlands and the U.K. are well advised to completely ignore this self serving edict of EHRC, a ferocious rats' nest of manipulators with a different belief system than that of most decent Europeans. Hence the repatriation of these illegal aliens should proceed henceforth!! Where does a country draw its line in the sand? Also, #2 above has some very good points. And furthermore, the entire Schengen agreement should be scrapped. It has proven be a doors-off-the-hinges policy allowing for unhindered entry of all kinds of insalubrious entrants who then metastasize into a remorseless expansion of the Swedish welfare state. Do not cave in to the anarchists of the ECHR!
17:33 November 17, 2010 by Swedesmith

A "Yahoudi"??? Gee, I'm learning so much from these forums. Yesterday an umlungu, now a yahoudi. Such colorful phrases.

Say, what do I call you?
18:17 November 17, 2010 by planet.sweden
The position of the ECHR seems to be "is it safe for anyone anywhere to live in their home country, and if not welcome to Europe".

This stance is clearly unsustainable if anyone is interested in preserving European culture and identity. It is worth noting that the rights of "indigenous peoples" to live in their own countries unmolested by outside threats is written into the UN charter on human rights, but for some reason the liberal establishments of both the EU and the UN believe this article relates to any indigenous people in the world, as long as they're not white.

The more astute will have noticed that this makes both the UN and the EU institutionally racist against white people, to which I would reply, indeed so.

The EU survives precisely because it is inherently undemocratic. It has never received a mandate, and never will. It is essentually government by unelected overpaid civil servants, who have observed that in order to keep their snouts in the EU trough it is necessary to sell Europeans down the river. It's a trade off many are only to happy to make, but where I come from that sort of trade off is known as treason.
19:26 November 17, 2010 by rybo1
America, along with it's allies screwed up Iraq, royally and they take in very few Iraqis. How can Sweden send these people back to the "hell-hole" that America created?
19:42 November 17, 2010 by neo572
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:48 November 17, 2010 by ilockitdown
i like #2s comment
21:12 November 17, 2010 by Coalbanks
So if inner city USAmericans seek refuge in Sweden due to high incidence of violence in USA will you allow them to stay? Likewise Rep So Africa, Congo, Chechnya, Afghanistan? Mexico? Will they join the UN/NATO forces trying to "protect" Iraq, etc?
22:50 November 17, 2010 by amelie_l
Each european country is loosing the freedom to decide by themself, through their government directly elected by the people, to the benefit of judges in Strasbourg, who have no contact whatsoever with the population they force the countries to accept. I just checked on Google, it seems that hose juges are paid 200 000 € a year by the taxpayers of european countries.

Well done European Union, people are going to love you even more.
01:41 November 18, 2010 by EuropeanIsraeli
Congrats Sweden, yeah keep those Arabs and Muslims inside your country, they will build it nicely with their high academic degrees and inventions
05:28 November 18, 2010 by jbat

"Invading the world with Weapons of Mass Migration. "

10000% Agree with you Jack!

Invading the world with weapons of mass migration created by WMD, illusioned by former US president and trusted by American citizens...
05:32 November 18, 2010 by jbat
Why don´t send these people back to America? These are all effect of American Govt shits...
07:41 November 18, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@jbat: just send'em back to whence they came, most probably criminals trying to evade punishment.
08:19 November 18, 2010 by jbat
@Alf Garnet...

Women and children cannot be criminal... so your suggestion is bad suggestion I think...
23:09 November 18, 2010 by Herodotus
Dopóki nie skorzystałem z Internetu, nie wiedziałem, że na świecie jest tylu idiotów.
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