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اعلامیه: درخواست اعطای عاجل پناهندگی به سه خبرنگار و فعال رسانه ای در استرالیا‎

۳۰ عقرب ۱۳۹۵

کابل: مرکز خبرنگاران افغانستان، به درخواست "ائتلاف رسانه ها، سرگرمی و فنون"(The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) و " فدراسیون بین المللی خبرنگاران"(International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific) در زمینه حمایت از حقوق سه خبرنگار و فعال رسانه ای ایرانی که در جزیره مانوس کشور پاپوآ گینه نو در شرایط بسیار بد بسر می برند، جواب مثبت داده است و از نامه سرگشاده این دو نهاد بین المللی به مقام های ارشد استرالیا بخاطر اعطای عاجل پناهندگی به آنان حمایت می کند.

طبق قوانینی که استرالیا برای مقابله با مهاجرت غیرقانونی به اجرا گذاشته است، کسانی که با قایق خود را به سواحل این کشور برسانند تا پایان رسیدگی به درخواست پناهندگی به اردوگاه‌هایی در جزیره مانوس، متعلق به کشور مستقل پاپوآ گینه نو و یا جزیره ناروئو در اقیانوس آرام منتقل می‌شوند.

بهروز بوچانی ۳۳ ساله روزنامه نگار کرد تبار ایرانی، علی ۲۵ ساله، کارتونیستی که با نام "ایتن فیش" یا "ماهی خورده شده" فعالیت می کند و مهدی ساوری ۳۱ ساله، هنرپیشه و مجری سابق برنامه ویژه کودکان در تلویزیون محلی ولایت خوزستان ایران از جمله ۹۰۰ مهاجری هستند که بنابر پالیسی بی رحمانه استرالیا به جزیره مانوس کشور فرستاده شده اند و از حدود سه سال پیش در این جزیره در بازداشت هستند.

علی، در ماه سنبله سال جاری برای کاریکاتورهایی که از دوران بازداشتش در مانوس کشیده بود، جایزه شجاعت را از "شبکه بین‌المللی حقوق کاریکاتوریست‌ها" بدست آورد.

قرار است این نامه(اصل آن در زیر درج شده) که در پای آن شماری دیگر از نهادهای فعال در عرصه آزادی بیان در جهان از جمله مرکز خبرنگاران افغانستان امضا کرده اند، به ملکوم ترنبول، نخست وزیر و پیتر داتون، وزیر امور مهاجرین و حفاظت از مرزهای استرالیا فرستاده شود. امضا کنندگان از حکومت استرالیا می خواهند تا با پایان دادن به بازداشت این سه خبرنگار و فعال رسانه ای، به آنان به صورت عاجل پناهندگی اعطا کند.

 

Australia must not silence expression through detention on Manus Island

 

 

To

 

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister of Australia

Hon. Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

We, the undersigned, write as journalists and performers to urge you to allow our colleagues Behrouz Boochani, Mehdi Savari, and Eaten Fish to be resettled in Australia.

All three men have sought protection as refugees from Iran and are currently detained at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea, which is operated on behalf of the Australian Government.

• Behrouz Boochani, 33, is a Kurdish journalist. He has worked as a journalist and editor for several Iranian newspapers. On February 17, 2013, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps ransacked his offices in Ilam and arrested 11 of Boochani's colleagues. Six were imprisoned. He has courageously continued to work as a journalist while in detention, and is a regular contributor to publications in Australia and overseas, often reporting on the situation and conditions on Manus Island. He has been recognised as a refugee and we urge you to allow him to reside in Australia to resume his career as a journalist. Boochani is a Main Case of PEN International.

• Mehdi Savari, 31, is an Ahwazi performer. As an actor, he has worked with numerous theatre troupes in many cities and villages in Iran, and performed for audiences in open public places. He was also well-known as the host of a satirical children’s TV show before fleeing Iran. He is a little person, and has met with severe discrimination over his life, which has been exacerbated by the conditions and his treatment on Manus Island over the last three years. As he has also been recognised as a refugee, we urge you to facilitate his resettlement in Australia. We also refer you to a resolution passed by the International Federation of Actors congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September calling for his release from detention.

• Eaten Fish, 24, is a cartoonist and artist who prefers to be known by his nom-de-plume. He has recently received Cartoonists’ Rights Network International’s 2016 award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. His application for refugee status has not been assessed. Since he was detained at Manus Island, he has been diagnosed with mental illnesses, which have been compounded by his incarceration. We urge you to allow him to live in Australia until the final status of his claim can be determined.

As journalists and performers, we are aware that the rights we enjoy are matched by a responsibility to challenge and confront tyranny and wrongdoing, to bear witness and uphold truth, and to reflect our society, even if sometimes unfavourably. We are privileged that in Australia we are able to pursue these ends without fear of persecution or threat to our personal liberty.

We believe that to continue to detain these three individuals without charge or trial undermines freedom of expression and the right to seek asylum. We urge you to allow them to be resettled in Australia so that they can live, work and contribute to Australian society.

MEAA is joined in this letter by free expression groups from around the world. We urge you to give the cases for resettlement of these three men serious consideration.

Signed