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HUNGER STRIKE OF SYRIAN KURDS (Ajanibs)
 Strike Fact Sheet - 1
 

 

Press Release

The Fact Sheet, to be issued at regular intervals, aims to inform the public about the struggle of the Kurds from Syria (Ajanib), who are on hunger strike outside the Ministry of Interior since Monday, 27/04/2015, with the main claim to be granted the status of recognized refugee by the Competent Authorities.
 

Start of the Hunger Strike
 

 

Press Release

Two Kurdish refugees from Syria (Ajanib), decided to go on a hunger strike, having first  exhausted all the means they had at their disposal to persuade the Ministry of Interior (MoI), to re- examine its original decision and to grant them the recognized refugee status. The hunger strike, as a form of struggle, aims, on the one hand, to inform the public about the refusal of the  MoI to grant them the recognized refugee status and, on the other, to press  the Cypriot state to meet its responsibilities as it continues to refuse to fulfill its obligations, despite the fact that these people meet all the statutory requirements for granting the specific status.
Ιn an open letter to the Minister of Interior, entitled “Refugees in the Mediterranean die not only at sea, but also on land, with the difference that the latter is a slow and silent death”, the two hunger strikers inform him of their decision to go on hunger strike and that, despite the fact that they are stateless and reside in the territory of the Republic for more than seven (7) years, the state refuses to grant them the recognized refugee status.

KISA Press Release 
 

Press Release
KISA – Action for Equality, Support, Ant-racism published a press release in which, it characterizes the attitude of the Ministry of Interior as "unacceptableand [that KISA] supports the fair struggle of the hunger strikers".The press release further states that the decision of the Ministry of Interior for not granting them the recognized refugee status is clearly a political decision, which contravenes both the refugee law and is in contrast to the practice of other EU states.

The Hunger Strike in the Media
 

Press Release
The hunger strikers were interviewed by journalists of the international information network Al jazeera English. In the interview, they referred to the reasons that forced them to leave their country and seek protection in Cyprus, an EU Member State. The interview will be broadcasted in the coming days, while it is worth noting that the issue of the hunger strikers takes on an international dimension as it has triggered the interest of other international media.
 


UNHCR about the Hunger Strike
 

Press Release
A representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has visited the location of the strike outside the Ministry of Interior and informed the refugees as to the following:
1. The UNHCR considers the request for granting the recognized refugee status as completely legally justified.
2. A letter has been sent by UNHCR to the Minister of Interior and other competent agencies, in which it provides information about the problems faced by stateless Kurds from Syria, calling at the same time on the Cyprus Government to re-examine its decision and to grant them the recognized refugee status
 

Solidarity

 

Press Release
Representatives of political parties AKEL and EDEK, after contacts with the hunger strikers, committed themselves to work on their cases and expressed their intention to help in promoting their requests to the competent authorities. In the coming days, the refugees intend to arrange contacts with representatives of other political parties as well as with other organized bodies.

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