Request for Humanitarian Action (fwd)

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Sat Oct 12 17:51:15 MDT 1996



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Date: Sat, 12 Oct 1996 21:16:17 +0600
From: Edward Schwienbacher <edward at hol.nl>
Subject: Request for Humanitarian Action

>From    Edward G. Schwienbacher
        The Hague, The Netherlands
        e-mail edward at hol.nl    Tel/Fax: 31-70-3625071

To:     Distribution

Re:     AMIR MAZLOOM BOHRAM, Request for Humanitarian Assistance

        Release VIA E-MAIL
        22:00 Hrs.   12 October 1996

        Content verification may be obtained via e-mail marga at derechos.org
        Maragrita Lacabe, Derechos Human Rights Org.USA  or Dutch
        Attorney  Mr. J. van Zundert, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
        Tel:+31-10-4668968,  Fax: +31-10- 4661148
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AMIR MAZLOOM BOHRAM -   IRANIAN ASYLUM APPLICANT --  PROTRACTED INTERNMENT
IN                                       PUNISHMENT/ ISOLATION UNIT IN THE
NETHERLANDS IS NOW A SUICIDE RISK


Requests for "HELP" from concerned parties are being filed in the case of
AMIR MAZLOOM BOHRAM  a young Iranian (26) who has had anything but a "warm"
welcome since his arrival in the Netherlands after fleeing the despotic
regime of tyranny in Teheran with a justified fear of his life.

Since his arrival in the Netherlands in 1994 AMIR has been detained in a
series of police lock-ups, refugee centres, remand prisons and a high
security prison for convicted hardened criminals and murderers.  A long
hunger strike and subsequent comatose state resulted in the Dutch
authorities subjecting him to a period of forced intravenous feeding in the
hospital wing of the Scheveningen prison where the UN War Crimes Tribunal
detains Yugoslavs accused of grave war crimes and genocide.  The
Scheveningen prison was deemed too 'comfortable' for an asylum applicant
and AMIR was transported to the WILLEM II Internment Camp for Foreigners,
the most notorious in the Dutch Internment System, reserved for foreigners,
a spartan former military garrison of WW II 1940's style barracks.  The
regime in Willem II is openly sadistic as a matter of policy and asylum
seekers have been known to ask to leave rather than face indeterminate
periods of detention in this hell of forced labour and unprecedented brutal
punitive measures enforcing an exaggerated regime of penal discipline.

AMIR was initially detained in an empty, bare isolation punishment cell
where he was even denied water to encourage him to break his continued
hunger strike.  International appeals via Human Rights networks and private
concerned individuals resulted in the regime collapsing to pressure and
allowing him a single observation cell (which they hitherto had claimed did
not even exist).  AMIR's Dutch advocate gave him assurances that while the
appeal against his deportation was in process, legally, he could not be
deported back to Teheran. He agreed to take solids and was subsequently
assigned to the crowded communal barracks with a forced labour crew. His
health deteriorated daily as a result of the notoriously poor diet, hard
work and overcrowded communal barrack living conditions.

Recently in a personal letter,  AMIR expressed a preference to death by
suicide rather than deportation followed by dumping in the renowned Evin
prison in Teheran.  The camp warden, J. Follings intercepted this
information and immediately had AMIR dragged back to the spartan punishment
isolation cages where he is denied all outside contact, daytime recreation,
books or the few outdated newspapers detainees are sometimes allowed to
read.  Dutch charities have written to the Council of Europe, in the matter
of AMIR M. BOHRAM addressing their concerns for him and other inmates to
the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane Treatment. His
Dutch Advocate Maitre van Zundert is aware of the launch of an
international campaign to have his client freed from the despotic Willem II
regime or, at the very least, transferred to a proper hospital,  his
presence in isolation cells is causing grave psychological damage resulting
>from deep depression,  insomnia  and fear in this boot camp penal
environment.

He has been denied proper medical assistance during his incarceration and a
specialist medical opinion was also denied on "financial" grounds, this is
appalling in a highly civilised society with one of Europe's strongest
economies.

E-mails messages or faxes should be addressed to the the following
incumbent officials of the Dutch Government who represent, in-the-main,
parties of the coalition government, protesting the inhumane treatment of a
young man by the regime empowered to operate the Willem II camp which
enforces slave labour, excessive use without substantiated grounds,  of
punishment isolation and isolation cells and cages, incommunicado detention
and continuous acts of discrimination against refugees and undocumented
immigrants. This camp has been reported widely in publications such as The
European, April 1996, The Guardian, April 1996, Al Hayat International, May
1996, US Industrial Workers Journal, September 1996 and many Dutch
periodicals such as the Brabants Dagblad and Vrij Nederland.    PLEASE
address your appeal, in polite terms, to the undernoted Dutch officials
asking that Mr. AMIR MAZLOOM BOHRAM be released from Willem II to freedom
or a hospital where he may receive professional medical attention and
express your thoughts of condemnation at the continued operation of this
notorious boot camp, reserved for foreigners in a resurrected regime of
penal apartheid.   They have no voice or civil rights!


Send jointly or even separately to the following seven e-mail addresses:
or send by fax to the fax numbers quoted after each minister's name
included in the text of the letter.

tkleden at pvda.nl
cor at pvda.nl
lsd66 at d66.nl
tkchange at d66.nl
vvd at mediaport.org
cda at pi.net

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SUGGESTED TEXT (FOR THOSE SHORT OF TIME), PLEASE CREATE YOUR OWN
TEXT OR CHANGE TO SUIT YOUR OWN PARTICULAR FEELINGS:

LETTER TO WIM KOK, PRIME MINISTER ENSURING HE IS AWARE COPIES WENT TO
THE 5 OTHER COALITION GOVERNMENT PARTIES THEIR NAMES AND ADDRESSES TO BE
RETAINED IN THE TEXT OF YOUR LETTER PLEASE:
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Mr. Wim Kok
Minister President
Ministerie van Algemene Zaken
Binnenhof 20
2513 AA, The Hague
The Netherlands
Fax No.  +31-70-3564683

Dear Prime Minister Kok,

Re: AMIR MAZLOOM BOHRAM, APPLICANT FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM
CURRENTLY DETAINED AT WILLEM II INTERMENT CAMP, TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS

I would like to draw your attention  to the matter of AMIR M. BOHRAM aged
26,  an Iranian national who fled his country in fear of his life in 1994,
as have many others living under a regime of widely known and carefully
documented tyranny.   Your Government has in the past joined the world
community in global condemnation of the acts of the current regime in
Teheran.  Amir Bohram has untypically received anything but a warm welcome
>from the people of the Netherlands,  considering his protracted detention
in prisons and internment camps most Dutch citizens will hardly know he
exists.  This is a strange development in that your country hitherto had a
reasonably unblemished record in the field of civil and human rights. It
now appears Mr. Bohram has no rights and recent interpretations of your
Aliens' Laws by Courts of Law and civil servants associated with your
Government would appear to reflect an orchestrated campaign to close the
Netherlands to people like Mr. Bohram who have, not by choice, nowhere else
to go and deportation to a state such as Iran,  would put his  physical
integrity and life at considerable risk. Recent dramatic, desperate acts of
self-incineration and a series of suicides by rejected asylum applicants
and other immigrants in police-lock ups, detention camps and prisons in the
Netherlands are a cause of concern to the international community.


Mr. Bohram is incarcerated, rather unjustifiably, in a detention camp which
has had wide international  publicity confirming a sadistic boot camp style
of management with a currently lethargic and uncaring lethargic Committee
of Visitors/Supervisors appears entirely out of control.  Forced labour is
not a tradition of the Netherlands, but the Chief Warden of the camp
chooses to punish those who do not engage in such labour, isolation cells
are used on a most frequent basis for the most petty insubstantial reasons
and detainees in-the-main are deliberately held incommunicado from the
outside world by contact/correspondence regulations which are not made
public.  Proper specialist medical attention has been denied to Mr. Bohram
for apparent "financial" reasons and the camp is known to food forbidden to
most detainees on religious grounds. Why is such a harsh penal regime
reserved for foreigners who have committed no crime?  Mr. Bohram currently
languishes in a spartan isolation punishment cell since he communicated by
way of written correspondence that he would rather take his own life than
be forcibly returned to Teheran, does he deserve such a punishment?  The
regime in question seeks to normalise the unspeakable, denial of a source
of potable water to cite one example,  is unusual in Western Europe and a
slur to the reputation of a civilised, highly industrialised society with
an well-known stable strong economy,  a credit to the efforts of your
Government and personal leadership.

Mr. Bohram's fate in Teheran is clear to all concerned parties, throughout
the world, who are familiar with the recent history of Iran. I refer in
particular to torture, disappearances, extra-judicial murders and
state-sponsored world-wide acts of terrorism.    I urge you to intervene on
his behalf to assist in anyway possible to help grant him asylum in the
Netherlands for the sake of his peace of mind and long-term mental
stability, or at the very least,  have him transferred to a civilian
hospital where he may receive proper medical attention whilst his appeal is
being considered by the appropriate department of your Government
responsible for immigration affairs.

I thank you for your time to consider the predicament of a fellow human
being, Amir Mazloom Bohram, a matter which  continues to cause concern to
many.

Very truly yours,



Your Name.....
Title.......
Organisation ..........



with copies to:

Hon.  Mrs. W. Sorgdrager
D66 Fractie
Minister of Justice
Schedeldoekshaven 100
2511 EH The Hague
Fax 31-70-3029770

party e-mail addresses:  tkchange at d66.nl   and   lsd66 at d66.nl

Hon. Mr. Maitre B. O. Dittrich
2nd Chamber
Houses of Parliament
Postbus 20018
2500 EA The Hague
Fax 31-70-3182797

party e-mail addresses:  tkchange at d66.nl   and   lsd66 at d66.nl


Hon.  Mrs. E.M.A. Schmitz,
PvDA Fractie
Secretary of State
Ministry of Justice,
Schedeldoekshaven 100
2511 EH The Hague
Fax # 31-70-33647702

PvDA party e-mail addresses:  tkleden at pvda.nl  or  cor at pvda.nl


Hon.  Mr. Maitre Kortes-Altes
VVD Fractie
Ist Chamber
Houses of Parliament
Postbus 20018
2500 EA The Hague
Fax #31-10-4526163

VvD party e-mail address:  vvd at mediaport.nl


Hon. Drs.  E. M. H. Hirsch-Ballin
CDA Fractie
Ist Chamber
Houses of Parliament
Postbus 20018
2500 EA The Hague
Fax # 31-70-3182602

CDA party e-mail address:       cda at pi.net



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Thank you for your efforts and pls copy e-mails to the originator of this
message if you so desire.  Pls pass this message to other interested
parties who may be of help in this campaign.









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