Jewish Iraqi Citizen On Hunger Strike - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Jewish Iraqi Citizen On Hunger Strike

Published October 22, 2014

Protests negative ruling on asylum application

Protests negative ruling on asylum application

On Tuesday, a Jewish citizen of Iraq, first names Adam Ibrahim, declared a hungerstrike “until death”, to protest the Directorate of Immigration’s (UTL’s) negative ruling on his application for asylum in Iceland.

In a phone conversation, the man, whose last name will be held back for now, said that he came to Iceland in July this year. He received a negative decision from UTL on Friday last week, which would eventually lead to deportation. The man’s lawyer says that the verdict will be appealed to the Interior Ministry.

In a letter supposedly sent to the Directorate of Immigration, the Icelandic Red Cross, the Icelandic Human Rights Center, select media and others, Adam Ibrahim says that his life is at risk in Iraq and describes the ruling as “incredible”. He claims that the Directorate did not properly process his application and the material he provided as evidence of his situation. He further says that he will strike until death rather than be deported.

The Directorate of Immigration verified that the man had been on their register, but would not provide further information. As of early Wednesday afternoon, they claimed not to have heard of the hunger strike.


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