Arslan Tayfun Özkök is still in prison and threatened with deportation to Turkey…
Posted by clandestina on 4 May 2009
We have already posted about the Turkish leftist and political refugee Aslan Tayfun Özkök here. His case, a case of sentencing a man to immidiate danger by deporting him to the Turkish authoriatarian regime, no matter how outrageous it sounds, has not been resolved yet. On April 30 his appeal to be released was rejected. Now the Turkish state has to present by the 8th of May the Greek authorities with sufficient evidence for its claim to have Aslan repulsed. In the case Turkey fails to do so, he must be released.
We know very well how Greece tries to downgrade and devalue the very notion and idea of political asylum. All the Greek state strategically plans to be offering in the future is “humanitarian” asylum, according to its own geopolitical calculationsas, as a kind of exceptional benefit and in the current extremely low numbers or even less if possible.
Aslan’s and Haydar’s cases are only straws in the wind and the wind is already blowing.
Publicity for the issue is crucial. We must not let this happen.
Hands off the political refugee Aslan Tayfun Özkök!
blog in Greek about Arslan: http://ozkiok.wordpress.com/