SWEDEN : Request to immediately halt deportation of an Ahmadis from Sweden to Pakistan
CAP Freedom of Conscience and The International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) are seriously concerned as there is a risk of another unlawful deportation from Sweden to Pakistan, scheduled to take place on December 17, 2021 as a deportation flight to Pakistan is planned.
It is horrific news that Miss. Ramla Mansoor, an Ahmadi Muslim lady has been treated harshly by the Swedish Police. They invaded her house and her privacy and compelled her to abuse her faith, in order to get a new Pakistani Passport, to facilitate her deportation to Pakistan. Swedish authorities are planning to deport this asylum seeker belonging to the Ahmadiyya faith, in breach of national and international laws and conventions.
Were Ramla Mansoor to be deported back to Pakistan, the emergency passport issued by Pakistani authorities to her will place her in harm's way. In particular, the passport must be surrendered to Pakistan police authorities (i.e., the Federal Investigative Agency or FIA), which would identify Ramla Mansoor as an Ahmadi who had been sent back to Pakistan and lead to arrest or prosecution. The emergency passport also indicates that the passport does not provide any proof that Ramla Mansoor is even a citizen of Pakistan, a fact that would lead her to be denied due process of law were she arrested or prosecuted.
The particulars of the individual who is scheduled for deportation is:
It is well established that members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community face persecution per se in Pakistan and all recent reports indicate that this persecution is intensifying. Returning a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to a country where his life and safety are at serious risk would be a clear breach of Sweden’s obligations under international human rights law and the Convention against Torture (CAT). This includes a prohibition on sending anyone to a place where they would be at risk of such abuse. The principle of non-refoulement applies to everyone including persons who are excluded from refugee protection.
We urge that the Swedish authorities to take immediate and swift action and ensure the safety of this individual by not deporting him back to Pakistan where he will most certainly face grave and life-threatening danger. The Swedish authorities should grant him protection and stop deportation immediately.