Iranian activist in fear of deportation

Sept. 17, 2008 at 11:47 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An Iranian activist set to be deported from Sweden says she fears for her safety once she is sent to her native land.

Women's rights activist Rana Karimzadeh, who is facing deportation from Sweden, said her "political activity" could pose a significant threat to her once she is returned to Iran, The Local said Wednesday.

The Iranian national said she is a member of Hekmatist, the Worker-Communist Party of Iran and such affiliations are frowned upon in her native land.

"I'm worried about going back to Iran. I'm expecting to be punished for my opinions and my political activity," Karimzadeh told The Local.

"In Iran people are sentenced to prison simply for belonging to the party."

Her proposed deportation comes after Karimzadeh's request for Swedish residency was rejected by both the Migration Board and the Migration Court.

The Local said activists had scheduled a protest in Stockholm to oppose the rulings and Karimzadeh's likely deportation.

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