- Thu, 07/12/2012 - 22:00
Published: torsdag 12 juli kl 16:29
The Migration Board has temporarily stopped sending ethnic Uyghurs back to China. Some 30 Uyghurs have left China for political reasons and then been denied asylum in Sweden.
Makhinur Hazanova, chairperson of the Swedish Uyghur Committee, told Swedish Radio News that the Uyghurs affected by the decision were both sad and happy.
"Happy because they can calm down for a while since they’re not going to be sent back immediately, but sad because they still haven’t been given residence permits. They still may not be able to stay," Hazanova said.
Two weeks ago Swedish Radio sent several reports about some 30 Uyghurs waiting to be deported from Sweden back to China.
Several of them said friends and family members had been sentenced to prison after participating in demonstrations in the Xinjiang region in 2009.
This winter two Uigurs were deported from Sweden. Since then it has has not been possible to reach, Swedish Radio News reports.
Now the Migration Board temporarily decided to stop deporting Uyghurs to China.
Cecilia Gylling Lindkvist, head of the legal affairs department at the Migration Board, said the board has always been particularly cautious when it comes to the Uyghurs.
"We have new information that gives us reason to be even more cautious, which is why we have made this decision," Gylling said.
Asked what kind of new information the board possessed, Gylling said, "The information is classified."
The Migration Board will examine each of Uyghur cases again. The agency is not allowed to send back anyone at risk of inhuman treatment or torture.