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‘Violent deportation’ of Kurdish activist sparks protests at Norwegian embassies across Europe

Demonstrators say Gulizar Tasdemir will face torture in Turkey

DEMONSTRATIONS  took place at Norwegian embassies across Europe today after a Kurdish politician was alleged to have been “violently deported” and returned to Turkey where they say she faces “torture.”

Gulizar Tasdemir has been active in the Kurdish freedom movement for more than 27 years and had sought asylum in Norway in 2015 while suffering from severe health problems.

Her asylum application was rejected by the authorities so she sought refuge in Germany.

However, she was extradited to Norway under the terms of the Dublin Agreement, which determines which EU member state is responsible for examining an application for asylum-seekers requesting international protection under the Geneva Convention.

While not a member of the EU, Norway is a signatory to the agreement.

It is claimed that Ms Tasdemir was forcibly removed from Norway on Wednesday night with her arms and legs bound as she was taken to a military plane and extradited.

Activists warned that her removal represents a “new and dangerous situation in terms of refugees’ rights” as she has been returned to a country “where human rights, freedoms and laws have been eliminated altogether.”

The European Kurdish Women’s Movement (TJK-E) warned that Ms Tasdemir “has no security of life” in Turkey under “a climate of fear spread by the one-man regime” of authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Protesters laid black wreaths in front of the Norwegian embassy building in Stockholm raising the slogans “Shame on you, Norway” and “Murderer Erdogan, hypocritical Norway.”

Sweden Democratic Kurdish Society Centre co-president Ferah Bozcalı accused Norway “of violating the United Nations conventions that secure the rights of asylum seekers.”

A delegation of women who were part of the protest spoke with embassy staff and submitted a letter condemning the actions of the Norwegian government.

In Norway, a demonstration organised by Norwegian Women’s Movement Kvinnenfronten gathered in front of the Foreign Ministry in Oslo, as speakers branded the deportation an “unacceptable violation of human rights.”

Ms Tasdemir is accused of being a “guerilla fighter” for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Ankara deems to be a terrorist organisation.

Activists warn that she faces jail and possible torture on her return to Turkey, where authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently pledged tough action on terrorists.


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