Save Parisa and her 4 years old daughter from Casablanca International Airport
Moroccan Immigration authorities and UNHCR in Morocco
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we have been informed from IFIR that Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh was forced to flee Iran with her child on February 2007 to save her life from ill-treatment, sexual violation, rape and insecurities. She and her child went to Turkey. She received a false passport arranged by a smuggler. Parisa and her child traveled from Turkey, transiting through Morocco on their way to Europe. On 3 March 2007, when they arrived in Morocco, the authenticity of their passports was questioned. Parisa made asylum claims but their asylum claims were not consider by Turkish and Moroccan authorities and then they were sent back to Turkey. Turkish authorities also returned them to Morocco again; they are now in the transit hall of the international airport in Casablanca, Morocco. The Moroccan authorities want to send Parisa and her daughter back to Iran. Parisa is afraid to return to Iran as she believes she will be prosecuted and at risk of sexual harassments, torture and possibly death. Something that the family is convinced will be devastating to their life and safety. The Moroccan authorities are imposing pressure on the family by having them stranded in the Transit hall of the Casablanca International Airport for the weeks. They were forced to sleep in the open terminal, denying them all access to the most basic needs, including shower, proper food, etc. Regardless of the legalities of their case, this is a clear breach of all human rights principles.
The situation of women in Iran is inhuman, the brutality and violence against women and girls are every day occurrences in Iran. The massacred woman committed by the Iranian Islamic regime can not be denied or excused. Misogyny, racial apartheid is the norm of the Iranian Islamic regime that women are facing. Nothing can hide the fact that the Iranian Islamic government is anti-woman misogynist and antithetical to women's rights and autonomy.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that must be realized for children to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. It reflects a new vision of the child. Children are neither the property of their parents nor are they helpless objects of charity. They are human beings and are the subject of their own rights. Despite the existence of rights, children suffer from poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, and unequal access to education and justice systems that do not recognize their special needs. The Untied Nation has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance. The family as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well being of all its members and particularly children should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community. For the full and harmonious development of children personality, they should grow up in a family environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh would face a serious threat to her life and liberty should she be deported to Iran. Having fled Iran and being a victim of sexual apartheid of the Iranian regime places her life in danger. She has real reason to fear persecution should she be returned to Iran. By deporting Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrigh and her child to Iran, who is a victim of the Iranian Regime, will in actuality be a preparation of her arrest, torture and other violation of human rights.
Morocco acceded to the 1951 Refugee Convention. As a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Morocco and UNHCR in Morocco are responsible for carrying out the refugee status determination procedure and granting asylum to those people who are entitled to it.
We strongly urges the Moroccan authorities and UNHCR in Morocco to revisit the Ms. Parisa Soraya Ivrighs case and grant her and her child refugee recognition based on her well-founded fear of future persecution and execution.