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Sweden is continuing to try to remove Syrian asylum seekers, despite the appalling human rights situation in that country.
The attempted removals have led to protests by opposition Social Democrats.
Four Social Democrat leaders wrote to the the Svenska Dagbladet daily:
They described it as hypocrisy to stand up for human rights and support cries for democracy on the one hand, and at the same time decline to offer protection to those who have fled a violent regime.
At least 3,500 people according to a new estimate by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 200 of them children, have been killed during the demonstrations in Syria.
The website Human Rights 666 reports that threats from Syrian agents were directed at those present Tuesday trying to stop the removal of a Syrian asylum seeker and political activist Fars Mahmoud by Sweden. Activist Mikael Johansson, who runs the website, says:
Amongst those present at Stockholm Airport trying to stop the removal of Mahmoud was a local Stockholm city councillor. He confirmed the presence of Syrian Embassy staff with Airport staff and asked that the removal be stopped as a result, but at the time of writing there is no confirmation that it was stopped.
Sweden's neighbour Norway stopped removing asylum seekers to Syria in April, as have most other European countries.
Human Rights 666 has produced letters to the relevant Swedish authorities to protest the removal of Mahmoud.