Kurdish Asylum Seeker Attempts Suicide in Turkey Following Deportation from Norway

20 June 2024 16:43

Hengaw, Thursday, June 20, 2024

Nourzad Alimoradi, a Kurdish asylum seeker from Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province, attempted suicide at Istanbul Airport following his deportation by Norway. Following this incident, the extradition process to Iran has been temporarily halted.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, on June 19, 2024, in the midst of his extradition process to Iran, Nourzad Alimoradi, a 33-year-old Kurdish asylum seeker, attempted suicide at Istanbul Airport.

A trusted source stated that after an 8-year indecisiveness period for his asylum request to be accepted at the "Lina" camp in Norway, Alimoradi was transferred to Turkey on a flight yesterday. His extradition to Iran has been temporarily halted due to his suicide attempt.

Alimoradi's health condition remains uncertain following his suicide attempt. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, and in the event of deportation, he faces the risk of severe penalties.

The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights expresses deep concern over Alimoradi's possible extradition to Iran and the potential for torture and other inhumane punishments by the Islamic Republic of Iran's judiciary. Hengaw calls for immediate attention from international human rights organizations, particularly those that support refugees.

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