Sweden Criticized for Extraditions
The UN Refugee Agency has sharply criticized Sweden, along with three other countries, for extraditing 56 Irakis to the Bagdad area on Wednesday. The UN said that deporting the Iraqis put their lives at risk, according to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
The Iraqis had sought asylum from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Great Britain, but were gathered in Sweden and sent back to Bagdad after their applications had been rejected.
UN Refugee Agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, "we usually look to Sweden as an example when it comes to accepting refugees. We can no longer do that. The risk is that other countries will now consider it correct to send Iraqis back, because Sweden did it."
Defending their decision, the Swedish Migration Board said that the Iraqis could not individually prove that they were at risk in Iraq.