Stefan Löfven, your visit Iran normalizes dictatorships.
You're talking about our beautiful suburbs, where many young people live in isolation. I assume you're talking about this because you believe that all people are equal and that it is often inhumane and terrible reasons that people have moved here over the years. But I have realized that you did not mean what you're talking about, writes Mona Behnejad Stefan Löfven before his visit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi / AP, Tomas Oneborg / SvD / TT, Private
On February 11, you should visit the country I had never set foot in, the anniversary of the bloody revolution. You should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss business and trade. For me it's like you're spitting all Iranian refugees in the face, writes Mona Behnejad whose parents fled from Iran.
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Hello, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven,
I think you are a rhetorician. A skilled one. You talk a lot. I have followed you a long time and in every debate are you talking about the Swedish welfare state, this is partly against gains in welfare and you're talking about our beautiful suburbs, where many young people live in exclusion. I assume you're talking about this because you believe that all people are equal and that it is often inhumane and terrible reasons that people have moved here over the years.
In one of these beautiful neighborhoods I grew up. My family ended up there after the revolution in Iran in 1979. It was a bloody revolution that led to a bloody war in which thousands of people lost their lives. Many of them were child soldiers, among other things, used to clear mines.
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A day in the 80s my father would go to the movies. He did not come home again. He was arrested and put in prison. He had no right to a lawyer and was waiting to get a death penalty, just as many of his friends. My father's uncle managed to pay him out of prison when he was at this time was a famous actor and to corruption in Iran is a fact.
My mother who was not a Muslim was forced to wear the veil and got under the new laws do not study - simply because of their religion. She and many others put their lives at risk by giving all their savings to smugglers, who really could been a thief or rapist. They jumped on an opposite donkey and crossed the border into Pakistan where they had to stay a couple of years before moving to Sweden. There they lived without any contact with their families. The families were completely unaware of the children were alive or not.
These are just a few stories of the millions of stories. Everyone who fled their homeland has its own story, but something most of Iran have in common is that they escaped from a dictatorship.
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On February 11, you should visit the country I had never set foot in. On February 11, the anniversary of the bloody revolution that absolutely did not lead where the majority of people believed that it would lead. You should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss business and trade. For me it's like you're spitting all Iranian refugees in the face. Iran is a dictatorship where many people today live under oppression and extreme class differences. The year is 2017, but women still have very limited rights. According to Amnesty, at least 977 people were executed in Iran in 2015. 977 lives. Stefan Löfven, are you for or against the death penalty?
Iran is not a democratic judicial system, far from all the accused be given access to a lawyer or a fair trial. Young people sentenced to lashes for the dance to American music in a video. Young people can be sentenced to death for their sexual orientation or their political views - because they do not have the right to think and believe as you wish.
You are well aware of this Stefan Löfven. But in a global perspective seems to believe that Sweden's contacts with Iran are more important than human rights and equal value as you preach in the Swedish Parliament. You are the Swedish Prime Minister, that you are Sweden's public face and you represent us - the Swedish people. But you do not represent me, me and many other Iranians from Sweden spits you instead of the face.
I've realized that you did not mean what you're talking about in all your debates. Sweden will not discuss trade, or have trade with dictatorships. In a dictatorship, people lose their lives each day. It is a part of. You normalizes dictatorships. You watch as more people lose their lives.