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    Many demands of Iranian refugees' met

    October 21, 1998 (International Federation of Iranian Refugees) - The sit-in of 200 Iranian refugees in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, in protest to the policies and practices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Iraq, has ended. (See earlier statement)

    Faced with local pressure from the sit-in participants as well international pressure coordinated by the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR), the UNHCR finally addressed many of the legitimate demands of the refugees.

    The UNHCR - Iraq Branch Office agreed to the following:

    1- Monthly food rations will be doubled.

    2- Medical services as well as pharmaceuticals will be provided.

    3- The refugee determination process will be expedited.

    4- In 1999, the number of refugees resettled in a safe third country will be increased from 1,500 to 2,000. IFIR's response succeeded in gaining the attention of international human rights and refugee organizations, and gathering solidarity from many individuals and progressive organizations world-wide.

    Despite the success, advocacy efforts must continue until the UNHCR fulfills all its obligations to those fleeing the tyrannical Islamic Republic of Iran.

    IFIR congratulates all individuals, groups and bodies who supported the campaign. Once more, united and organized struggle has promoted refugee rights.

    For more information: contact:

    Maryam Namazie
    IFIR, GPO,
    PO Box 7051,
    New York, NY 10116.
    Tel: 212-747-1046. Fax: 212-425-7240. E-mail:


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