Do Not Deport Family Seeking Asylum

ian britton

Target: Anders Anundsen, Minister of Justice and Public Security

Goal: Do not deport asylum-seeking family back to their home country, where they would face life-threatening conditions.

Investigate journalist Genci Angjellari, his wife Fatjoni, and their 14-month-old daughter Sofi have spent over a year living in Norway after fleeing from their homeland of Albania. The Norwegian government recently rejected their appeal for asylum and has plans to deport them back to Albania, where they would face threats and violence. Sign the petition and demand protection and asylum for the Angjellari family.

Genci Angjellari, whose writing has worked to expose corruption within the Albanian government, was attacked, beaten, and held at knifepoint by two men on a motorcycle who told him to cease his investigations into the links between the mafia, business, and politics in Albania. The next day, Fatjoni Angjellari was approached by two men on a motorcycle who told her they would kill her husband and daughter and rape her unless Genci stopped his investigation. The family fled Albania shortly thereafter, after being refused police protection.

The Norwegian government found the family’s story of their flight credible, but ruled that they should be returned to Albania to seek police protection, despite the fact that they have already been denied it. Albania has only ever granted police protection to one journalist, and never to one that was investigating internal corruption.

The safety of the Angjellari family now hangs in the balance. Sign the petition and urge the Norwegian government to reconsider its decision in a final appeal and to allow the family to stay in Norway until a final decision is reached.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister,

I am writing to express my concern for the safety of the Angjellari family, asylum-seekers from Albania who have been ordered to return to their homeland, where they are at serious risk of violence and death. I urge you to reconsider their application for asylum and to allow them to remain in the country until a final decision is reached.

Genci Angjellari, an investigative journalist, began receiving threats when he was looking into the connections between the mafia, business, and politics in Albania. He was attacked by two men on a motorcycle who beat him,  held him at knifepoint, and told him to stop his investigation. The next day, Fatjoni Angjellari, his wife, was accosted by two men on a motorcycle who threatened to kill her husband and daughter and to rape her unless Genci stopped his work. The family asked for police protection but was refused.

The Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board has rejected the family’s application for asylum on the grounds that they could seek police protection in Albania, but the family has already unsuccessfully tried that route. Furthermore, Albania has only ever granted police protection to one journalist, and she was facing external, rather than internal, threats. It is clear that the Angjellari family will not be safe in Albania.

I urge you to reconsider the family’s application during the appeals process, and I ask that they be allowed to stay in Norway until a final decision is reached.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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