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HRWF calls upon the UN, EU and OSCE for Turkey to stop deportation of 103 Ahmadis

Human Rights Without Frontiers calls upon the UN, the EU and the OSCE to ask Turkey to annul a deportation order to 103 Ahmadis

Willy Fautre
Willy Fautrehttps://www.hrwf.eu
Willy Fautré, former chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. He is the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF), an NGO based in Brussels that he founded in December 1988. His organization defends human rights in general with a special focus on ethnic and religious minorities, freedom of expression, women’s rights and LGBT people. HRWF is independent from any political movement and any religion. Fautré has carried out fact-finding missions on human rights in more than 25 countries, including in perilous regions such as in Iraq, in Sandinist Nicaragua or in Maoist held territories of Nepal. He is a lecturer in universities in the field of human rights. He has published many articles in university journals about relations between state and religions. He is a member of the Press Club in Brussels. He is a human rights advocate at the UN, the European Parliament and the OSCE.

Human Rights Without Frontiers calls upon the UN, the EU and the OSCE to ask Turkey to annul a deportation order to 103 Ahmadis

Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) calls upon the UN, the EU and the OSCE to ask Turkey to annul a deportation order for 103 Ahmadis

Today, a Turkish court has released a deportation order concerning 103 members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light from seven countries. Many of them, especially in Iran, will face imprisonment and may be executed if they are sent back to their country of origin.

Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) in Brussels calls upon

  • the United Nations and in particular the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ms Nazila Ghanea
  • the European Union and in particular the EU Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Mr Frans Van Daele, as well as the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • the Special Envoys on Freedom of Religion or Belief appointed in the United Kingdom and in a number of EU Member States
  • the OSCE/ ODIHR

to urge the Turkish authorities to cancel on appeal today’s decision of deportation. The deadline for the appeal is Friday 2 June.

Media outlets all over Europe are raising the issue as an emergency situation as it can be seen in a few of many more articles in

Moreover, a petition is being circulated.

The advocate and spokesperson of the 103 Ahmadis is Hadil Elkhouly. She is the author of the article hereafter and can be joined at the following phone number for interviews: +44 7443 106804

Persecuted Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light minority denied asylum in Europe amidst escalating violence

Minority religious members fear death at home for alleged heresy

By Hadil Elkhouly

Ahmadi Turkey deportation HRWF calls upon the UN, EU and OSCE for Turkey to stop deportation of 103 Ahmadis

Members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. Kapikule border crossing, the gateway between Turkey and Bulgaria on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Pictures owned by Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. Used with permission.

On the May 24, 2023, over 100 members of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light, a persecuted religious minority, were denied entry and faced violent treatment while seeking asylum at the Turkish–Bulgarian border. Women, children, and the elderly were among those targeted by aggression, gunshots, threats, and the confiscation of their possessions.

Among those individuals was Seyed Ali Seyed Mousavi, a 40-year-old real estate agent from Iran. A few years ago, he attended a private wedding where his life took an unexpected turn. Seyed Mousavi found himself at the mercy of undercover police officers who abruptly grabbed him, forced him down, and subjected him to a severe beating. He was left to bleed for 25 minutes before someone finally sought medical assistance. 

Seyed Mousavi’s only “crime” was his affiliation with this religious minority, which led to his persecution by the authorities in Iran. The incident forced him to make a difficult decision to leave his homeland behind, abandoning everything he knows in order to preserve his life. 

The Ahmadi Religion, not to be confused with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is a religious community that was founded in 1999. It received church status in the USA on 6 June 2019. Today, this religion is practiced in more than 30 countries around the world. It is headed by Abdullah Hashem Aba Al-Sadiq and follows the teachings of Imam Ahmed al-Hassan as its divine guide. 

State sponsored persecution

Since its inception in 1999, the Ahmadi Religion minority has been subjected to persecution in numerous nations. Countries including AlgeriaMoroccoEgyptIran,IraqMalaysia, and Turkey have systematically oppressed them, imprisoned, threatened, and even tortured their members. This targeted discrimination is based on a belief that they are heretics.

In June 2022, Amnesty International called for the release of 21 members of the Ahmadi Religion in Algeria who were charged with offenses including “participation in an unauthorized group” and “denigrating Islam.” Three individuals received one year prison sentences, while the remaining were sentenced to six months in prison along with fines. 

Similarly, in Iran, in December 2022, a group of 15 followers of the same religion, including minors and women, were detained and transferred to the notorious Evin Prison, where they were coerced to denounce their faith and defame their religion, despite not committing any crimes, nor preaching their faith openly. The charges brought against them were based on their opposition to “Wilayat Al Faqih,” (the guardianship of the Islamic jurist) which grants authority to jurists and scholars who shape and enforce Sharia law in the country. The Iranian authorities even aired a propaganda documentary against the religion on national television.

Ahmadi Religion members have also reported violence and threats by state-sponsored militias in Iraq, leaving them vulnerable and unprotected. These incidents involved armed attacks targeting their homes and vehicles, with assailants openly declaring they are considered apostates deserving death, effectively denying them of any form of protection. 

The persecution of the Ahmadi Religion stems from its core teachings that diverge from certain traditional beliefs within Islam. These teachings include the acceptance of practices such as consuming alcoholic beverages and recognizing the choice of women regarding the wearing of the headscarf. Additionally, members of the religion question specific prayer rituals, including the notion of mandatory five daily prayers, and hold the belief that the month of fasting (Ramadan) falls in December each year. They also challenge the traditional location of the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site, asserting it is in modern-day Petra, Jordan, rather than Mecca.

The persecution of this religious minority has escalated significantly following the release of “The Goal of the Wise,” the official gospel of their faith. The scripture was authored by Abdullah Hashem Aba Al-Sadiq, the religious leader who asserted to fulfill the role of the promised Mahdi awaited by Muslims to appear towards the end of times. 

Braving the unknown towards freedom

Having gradually traveled to Turkey, over 100 members of the Ahmadi Religion received support from fellow members who had already settled there, fostering a sense of unity through their online connections. Despite the challenges they faced, they persevered in their quest to find a persecution-free home amidst their shared experiences of trauma. 

Faced with this dire situation, they turned to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bulgaria, the State Agency for Refugees (SAR), and the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the hopes of securing a safe haven. Unfortunately, their plea for humanitarian visas was met with disappointment as all avenues proved unfruitful.  

In light of their challenging circumstances, the group decided to gather at the official Kapikule border crossing, the gateway between Turkey and Bulgaria on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, to request asylum directly from the Bulgarian Border Police. Their course of action aligns with the provisions set forth in Article 58(4) of the Law on Asylum and Refugees (LAR) which affirms that asylum can be sought by presenting a verbal statement to the border police. 

The Border Violence Monitoring Network, along with 28 other organizations, issued an open letter urging the Bulgarian authorities and to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to fulfill their obligations under European Union law, and international human rights law.  These laws include Article 18 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In Bulgaria, several human rights organizations have coordinated to grant protection to the group and allow them an opportunity to lodge an application for international protection at the Bulgarian border, an effort that was spearheaded by the Association on Refugees and Migrants in Bulgaria. Many other organizations in Bulgaria have endorsed this statement, such as Mission Wings and the Centre for Legal Aid, Voices in Bulgaria.

Their desperate bid for safety was encountered with oppression and violence, as they were forcibly blocked by the Turkish authorities, subjected to beatings with batons, and threatened with gunshots. Now detained, their future remains uncertain. Their greatest fear is to be deported back to their homes, where death might be waiting for them, due to their religious beliefs.

The perilous journey undertaken by this minority group raises crucial questions about the integrity of borders and the commitment of EU member states to uphold human rights. Their struggles serve as a reminder of the need for solidarity to protect basic human rights and preserve the dignity of everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation.

Video by Hadil El-Khouly, Ahmadi Human Rights Coordinator

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  1. قرار الترحيل الذي صدر عن الحكومة التركية ظلم بحق هؤلاء المؤمنين المستضعفين والمضطهدين في بلدانهم وقرار العودة إلى بلدانهم سيعرضهم إلى خطر كبير يهدد حياتهم وحياة عوائلهم. نطالب الجهات المختصة المعنية بحقوق الإنسان العمل على إلغاء الترحيل والسعي الحثيث إلى هجرتهم بأمان وسلام لأنهم مسالمون لم يرتكبوا أي جريمة مخالفة للقانون.

  2. The deportation of AROPAL believers is an act that can mean certain death for them. It’s a heartbreaking situation that calls for our urgent attention and compassion. We must stand against such actions and advocate for the protection of human lives. Let’s come together and show #Compassion for those in need. #AROPALBelievers #AsylumSeekers #StopDeportation #ProtectHumanLives

  3. Urgent appeal to UN, EU, and OSCE: Please intervene immediately to halt the deportation of 103 Ahmadis in Turkey. Human rights must prevail, and religious freedom should be protected. Let’s stand together against persecution and ensure justice for the oppressed. #StopDeportation #ProtectReligiousMinorities

  4. Please these innocent people need immediate help, they cannot be deported, this will end their lives and the lives of their children. Belief is not a crime!

  5. اتباع دين السلام و النور الأحمدي يترضون للاضطهاد و و القمع و خاصة في الدول العربية و الاسلامية لذلك يجب مساعدتهم في موضوع اللجوء الى اوروبا من باب الانسانية و حقوق الانسان .

  6. I’m outraged by what’s happening to the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light at the Turkish-Bulgarian border. They’re being persecuted for their beliefs, and it’s a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle faced by religious minorities.

    No one should be treated with violence and discrimination just because of their faith. The way they’ve been treated is completely unacceptable.

    We can’t stay silent. It’s time to stand up against these injustices and demand respect for human rights. Governments and organizations must step up and fulfill their responsibilities.

    We need a world where everyone can practice their beliefs freely and without fear. It’s up to us to make it happen.

    #NoToPersecution #StandForHumanRights #ReligiousFreedomNow

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