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UN "very concerned" over Swedish deportation of 25 Iraqi refugees

Arab World Materials 18 January 2011 15:13
The United Nations's Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expressed deep concern Tuesday over Swedish plans to deport 25 Iraqi refugees it said belong to persecuted minority groups.
UN "very concerned" over Swedish deportation of 25 Iraqi refugees

The United Nations's Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expressed deep concern Tuesday over Swedish plans to deport 25 Iraqi refugees it said belong to persecuted minority groups, DPA reported.

According to reports, the refugees are to be sent back to Iraq on Wednesday.

"We are troubled that our advice, including on the situation of minorities in Iraq, is not sufficiently taken into account by Sweden when reviewing negative decisions," UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said in Geneva.

She said the agency was "very concerned" by the planned deportations.

Christians and other minorities have recently come under attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and some northern areas of the country.

The UN has called on governments to grant protection to Iraqi refugees who come from parts of the country facing specific threats.

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