Asylum seeker Adam Ibrahim Pasha from Iraq went on hunger strike on Monday after his application for asylum in Iceland was rejected by the Directorate of Immigration last Friday.
Pasha says in a letter sent to the media and a range of NGOs and institutions that he fears he will be killed if sent back to Iraq. Pasha, who converted from Islam to Judaism, worked as a teacher in Iraq, where he is said to have voiced his opposition to the employment and suffering of children in war. In Iraqi documents he is registered as a Jewish Kurd.
In 2010, Pasha fled Iraq. He stayed in Slovakia where he says he received death threats for his religious views.
Pasha arrived in Iceland in July.
The Directorate of Immigration concluded that Slovakia is responsible for processing his case.
According to Pasha’s application papers, prepared by lawyer Kolbrún Garðarsdóttir, Slovak immigration authorities have already refused Iceland’s request to refer his case back to Slovakia.
Pasha says his hunger strike will continue “until death.”