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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16361

Petition on behalf of Iranian asylum seekers facing deportation

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in the Federal Parliament of Australia.

This petition of certain concerned persons in Australia draws the following to the attention of the House.

While Iranian asylum seekers whose claims for refugee status have been rejected by Australian authorities should theoretically have nothing to fear by returning to Iran, there may be cases in which the risk of persecution has been underestimated by Australian authorities, and some individuals may face imprisonment or other adverse consequences if they are forcibly returned to Iran.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request that the Minister of DIMIA not proceed with the threat of forced deportations, in cases where individuals do not accept the financial incentive to return to their country of origin.

by Mr Melham (from 78 citizens)