LRT.LT | MEPs urge Lithuania not to deport Yazidi asylum seekers

“Several dozen MEPs have appealed to Lithuanian leaders to give protection to Yazidi migrants who are seeking asylum in the country.


The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Parliament Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, includes among its signatories Lithuanian MEPs Petras Auštrevičius, Aušra Maldeikienė and Juozas Olekas.

In the letter, the European lawmakers also expressed their support for recent appeals by Nobel Prize-winning Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for Lithuania to provide safe refuge to Yazidis.

Auštrevičius, a Renew Europe member, says the Lithuanian Migration Department should take all key circumstances into account when it considers Yazidis’ asylum requests, adding that the existing requirement to provide additional evidence of threat they face in Iraq is excessive.

The Migration Department says several hundred asylum seekers in Lithuania have claimed in their applications that they are Yazidis. However, Evelina Gudzinskaitė, head of the department, said earlier they failed to prove they were facing real threats in their country of origin.”

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Source: LRT English