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Norsk  PEN gleder seg til å motta Oslos nye fribyforfatter 

Den iransk-kurdiske lyrikeren Ayaz Khoshyawashan, som er invitert av norske myndigheter som ny fribyforfatter i Oslo, ble arrestert av tyrkisk sikkerhetspoliti 2. mai fordi han skulle sendes ut av Tyrkia og tilbake til Iran.  Årsaken var at han angivelig skulle ha reist inn og ut av Tyrkia med falsk identitet.

Norsk PEN ble kjent med arrestasjonen samme dag og tok umiddelbart kontakt med UD, FNs Høykommisær for flyktninger i Ankara (UNHCR), EU-kommisjonens ambassadør i Tyrkia og International PEN.  Takket være felles innsats, der blant annet flere PEN-sentre har hatt møter med de tyrkiske ambassadene i sine respektive land, har sikkerhetspolitiet nå innrømmet at Khoshyawashan ikke har gjort noe galt.

Khoshyawashan har nå fått FN-beskyttelse.  Han vil få utstedt et nødpass med visum til Norge på ambassaden i Ankara.  Det tyrkiske flyktningepolitiet har sagt at når passet med visum er utstedt, vil de sørge for at relevante, statlige organer gir Khoshyawashan utreisetillatelse slik at han kan komme til Oslo.  Det vil i følge våre kilder kunne ta ca. en måned før papirene er i orden.

Turkish authorities reverse previous decision in Ayaz Khoshyawashan case

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Turkish authorities reverse previous decision in Ayaz Khoshyawashan case
Norwegian PEN look forward to welcoming Oslo´s new City of Asylum writer.

Iranian-Kurdish poet Ayaz Khoshyawashan, invited to Norway by Oslo city authorities as the citys new City of Asylum writer, was arrested on May 2. by Turkish security police in order to be returned to Iran.  The alleged reason was that he had travelled in and out of Turkey with false identity papers.

Norwegian PEN learned about the arrest the same day and immediately contacted the Norwegian Ministry of foreign Affairs, the ambassador for the European Union and  UNHCR in Ankara and International PEN.  Thanks to the action from all parts involved, among them several PEN-centres throughout the world who have approached the Turkish embassies in their respective countries, the Turkish security police have now admitted that Khoshyawashan has done nothing wrong.

Khoshyawashan is now under UN-protection.  A temporary passport with a visa to Norway will be issued shortly by the embassy in Ankara.  The Turkish refugee police have confirmed that, as soon as the passport with the visa has been issued, they will see to it that relevant state authorities provide him with permission to leave Turkey.  According to our sources this paperwork will take up to one month.

Oslo, 9. May 2005

The new Cities of Asylum-writer in Oslo denied passage out of Turkey

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The new Cities of Asylum-writer in Oslo denied passage out of Turkey

Iranian-Kurdish poet Ayaz Khoshyawashan has been invited by Norwegian authorities as the new Cities of Asylum-writer in Oslo, but Turkish authorities denies him passage out of Turkey.

Ayaz Khoshyawashan is among the approximately 1.200 Iranian refugees who have arrived in Turkey after a temporary stay in Iraq.  According to the Turkish authorities, these refugees have to return to Iraq, but given the current situation in that country they have been granted temporary permission to stay in Turkey.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is in dialogue with the Turkish authorities, but these do not permit the UNHCR to administer placement of the refugees to other countries, fearing a situation where an increasing number of Iranian refugees will use Turkey as a transit country.

UNHCR has now asked Turkish authorities to be more flexible, especially concerning those refugees who will put themselves in danger by returning to Iraq and those who have medical- or health problems that cannot be treated in Turkey.  The UNHCR has also asked for special treatment for those refugees who have secured their residence permit outside Turkey, which is the case for Ayaz Khoshyawashan.

Norwegian PEN finds it absurd that a refugee, invited to stay in Oslo as a City of Asylum-writer by the authorities and thus having secured permanent residency in Norway, is not allowed to leave Turkey.  In connection with the state visit of Turkish PM Erdogan this week, we ask Norwegian media to question the Turkish prime minister about this special case.

Prior to his visit Norwegian PEN has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara as well as the Mayor of Oslo about the situation and asked that PM Erdogan be informed.

Oslo, 12. April 2005