Monday, October 25, 2004

Court allows political asylum from Germany / Afghan fled Soviets first, then neo-Nazis

What a bunch of bullshit.
So, this lady claims that the German government wasn't protecting her from the neo-Nazis in Germany and that is why and court in the US granted her asylum.
So, could I actually apply for asylum in the US as well since our apartment was broken into and I was attacked by groups of people before as well? But now that I think of it, that mainly happened in areas of Hamburg like Bergedorf. It is an area with a very high unemployment rate, something you could compare to the projects in the US. So, if this Zakia Mashiri is going to move into some kind of bad neighborhood in the US and gets threatened where is she going to go then?
I like the comment I heard on the radio from some official in Hamburg (sorry, I am bad with names). Germany is going to appeal and will try to get the asylum revoked in which case she needs to move back to Germany and then, since she is not a citizen her asylum status will be reconsidered and since things are better in Afghanistan she can go back to where she came from.
BTW, her husband is under investigation of social security fraud in Germany. Great.


swiola said...

Be careful, and read the$file/0271841.pdf?openelement
(“[W]hile a single incident, in some instances,
may not rise to the level of persecution, the cumulative effect
of several incidents may constitute persecution.”). Viewed
cumulatively, Zakia’s evidence of a death threat, violent physical
attacks against her husband and sons, a near-confrontation
with a violent mob, vandalism, economic harm
and emotional trauma compels a finding of past persecution. ...
Zakia testified that she believes she and her family were
targeted because they were viewed as non-German foreigners.
She also testified specifically about anti-foreigner slogans or
symbols that accompanied nearly every violent incident the Mashiris witnessed or experienced. This evidence satisfies the requirement that Zakia provide some direct or circumstantial
evidence that she was persecuted on account of her race and nationality.

Zakia has also provided evidence that the government was unwilling or unable to control the anti-foreigner violence she and her family experienced at the hands of non-state actors.


In March 1990, three passengers began
making anti-foreigner statements and jokes during their ride.
They invoked Germany’s Nazi past, telling Farid that foreign-ers
would now be treated as Jewish Germans had been treated
under Hitler. When Farid objected to these statements, the
passengers told him to shut up and punched him in the face.
Farid pulled over to the side of the road, but the passengers
began to punch and beat him even more. Farid was able to
escape only because he pushed an alarm in his car that drew
other taxis to the area. Farid was left with a swollen, sore face
and a black eye, and he could not work for several days. The
police responded to the scene of this incident but never made
any arrests.


Farid was attacked a second time in December 1990. Two
German passengers called him “Scheiss Ausländer,” which
means “shit foreigner,” and told him to get out of their coun-try.
They beat Farid but ran away before he could hit the
alarm button. Farid did not report this incident to the police
because he knew a report would do no good.


The Mashiris’ older son, Asil, was attacked violently in
May 1996. Four neo-Nazis followed Asil on his way home from school, called him a “foreigner,” and asked him what he
was doing in Germany. When Asil responded that he was a German citizen, one member of the group punched him in the
face, another kicked him, and they threw him on the ground
and beat him. Asil saw that one of the men had a Hitler mark
on the back of his head.
During her deportation hearing, Zakia described opening
the door for Asil as he tried to escape his attackers:
One day, a day that I can never ever[ ] forget in my
life. It was in the month of May, and my oldest son
was coming from, back from school. Usually, he has
a key to open, he had a key to open the door, but on
that day he was knocking at the door and ringing the
door. And, his, he was full of blood.


[W]hen he came in, my child came, he was trem-bling,
shaking, he was terrorized and, and he was
bleeding on his face and he, they had cut his face on
the side of his, near the eye on the lower part. . . .
[T]o this day there is a mark on his face.
Zakia took Asil to the doctor and then to the police. The
police asked Asil what had happened but he was too shaken
to speak. Although the police gave Zakia a complaint form to
fill out, they did not photograph Asil’s injuries, follow up
with Zakia or send an investigator to question Asil at a better
time. The police told Zakia: “[I]f we find anything, we will
let you know, but these things . . . happen here a lot and you
foreigners, you better try to take care of yourself.” Zakia did
not report what had happened to school officials because she
no longer had “faith that any report or anything could, could
make any change or help us in any way.”
Asil was fourteen at the time of this incident. He was terrorized
and afraid, and could not return to school for several days. He became frustrated and discouraged. He began to lose
interest in school and would take out his frustrations at home.


And so on ... !!!

Blogeline said...

I really don't see anything in there that shows that the German government refused or was unable to protect them. First of all, no official has been questioned by the US court and there were no requests of any kind in the investigation of this accusation or explanation as to why she would like to stay in the US. The court pretty much took her word for it and said OK. To me, this woman played the court because she wants to be and stay in the US, just like many other people want to.
I didn't say none of this happened, but it is just like hate crimes and crimes in general in Germany and here in the US. Just because a killer or thief is never caught doesn't mean the government can't protect it';s citizens, because if that is the case that lady might want to find another planet without crime because she will encounter it here as well. Now, that being said, doesn't mean I think hate crimes or any other crimes are OK, but they happen, even though we speak out against them or try to educate people and make them understand that racism and any other type of discrimination are idiotic.
For a person to use this to gain asylum is pretty blatant considering all those people that have much better reason to claim asylum because of prosecution in their home country.