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Afghan Hunger Strike Broken Off

Published måndag 13 augusti 2007 kl 13.04

A group of Afghan asylum-seekers are ending their hunger strike after the Swedish Migration Board has agreed to meet with them.

After demonstrating in the center of Stockholm for more than a week, nine of the protesters had to be taken to hospital last week for exhaustion.

They had been objecting to the Migration Board’s decision to send refugees back to Afghanistan. Although the board has promised that none of the protesters will be taken into custody by the police, it’s not certain that the meeting will lead to the refugees being allowed to stay.

On August 22 the board will hold a seminar with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to discuss how rejected Afghan asylum-seekers are to return to their home country. The following day the Migration Board will meet with the representatives from the Afghan Association in Sweden to discuss the situation.

The Afghans have said they will start their hunger strike again if the refugees cannot stay in Sweden.

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