Support hundreds of Iranian refugees stranded at the Jordanian border!
'We are suffering under inhuman conditions. We are perishing here from miserable conditions and disease. Here, there is so much dust and sandstorms that everyone has fallen ill. We have absolutely no provisions. We look to you who are carrying the banner of freedom and equality to support us. As the representative of 600 Iranian refugees at the border of Jordan, we ask you to assist us. Convey our message to the world. Help us by any means you can.'
This is what a representative of Iranian refugees stranded in the no-man's land separating Jordan and Iraq at Al Karama told the Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI) and the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR) in telephone conversations since April 20, 2003. The numbers are increasing every hour. Many of the Iranian refugees languishing at the border have fled from Al-Tash refugee camp in Iraq due to the war, bombardment, and insecurity. They are facing miserable conditions, lack of medical provisions, decent food and shelter and are in a state of limbo.
Despite calls to open its borders, the Jordanian government continues to refuse the refugees entry. The Worker-communist Party of Iran - Organisation Abroad and the International Federation of Iranian Refugees condemn the closure of any border to those seeking protection and safety. The joint campaign in defence of Iranian refugees by the WPI and IFIR, which includes advocacy work and demonstrations at Jordanian embassies in select countries around the world, is demanding the following:
1. Jordan and all countries bordering Iraq must open their borders to Iranian refugees among others.
2. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Jordanian government must provide necessary food, shelter, health care and sanitation to the refugees.
3. The right to asylum of Iranians must be recognised.
The WPI and IFIR call on progressive groups and individuals to defend Iranian refugees. Join our demonstrations and actions. Sign our petition: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/IFIRWPI/petition.html. Only powerful and resolute protests will ensure that the Jordanian government and UNHCR comply with our legitimate demands.
Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI) - Organisation
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
21 April 2003