Iranian Leila Bayat claims Norway has violated human rights

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On Monday, the trial will begin where Iranian Leila Bayat is suing the state. Bayat was forcibly sent to Iran last year, where a sentence to be whipped 80 times was expected.


Leila Bayat sought asylum in Norway in 2009 on the basis of being prosecuted in Iran. A verdict from 2007 was awaiting with an expected 80 whipping, a sentence that the Norwegian authorities did not trust.

She was therefore sent forcibly to Iran on 8 March 2017.

The case took a new turn when the sentence was enforced and she got the whipped on September 19 that year. The next day, TV showed 2 pictures of Bayat’s back, and the case raised strong reactions in Norway.

Got a temporary stay
She returned to Norway on 13 October last year, and in February this year, the deportation decision against Bayat was withdrawn by the Immigration Board. In August she got a temporary residency in Norway.

A temporary residence permit lasts for three years. Bayat can in the meantime apply for permanent residence based on family reunion with her son, who has a residence permit because his father lives in Norway.

– Human rights violations
Bayat demands that the state be held responsible for several violations of the European Convention on Human Rights. She also demands new treatment of the asylum case and that earlier decisions must be declared invalid.

Bayat and her lawyer Preben Kløvfjell believe that the concern for her son indicates that she should never have been expelled.

The state, on its part, rejects all the points raised by Bayat in the case of the Public Prosecutor. They consider the decision to reject an application for protection as being is correct and valid. The same applies to the expulsion decision. They also reject her claim for violations of human rights.

Five days have been set for the courts to deal with the case in the Oslo District Court.


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