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Ms. Habib Sahba

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Women's-Rights Activist

University of Tehran
 
Background

Employment History

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Media Reports - No One Is Illegal - Vancouver
noii-van.resist.ca, 12 Aug 2006 [cached]
Last week, Haleh's father, Habib Sahba, along with three other men and a woman, signed affidavits, swearing that they would ensure Haleh appears in court when her case is heard Jan. 25.Since then Sahba and her father have left Tehran, where she didn't feel safe, and gone to another part of the country.
Since then, Sahba has also learned that all four of her closest university friends, who worked with her to organize rallies in support of greater freedoms and rights for women during the late 1990s, are in jail.
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The judge also called it implausible that Sahba's ex-husband and his brother, who is a senior member of the terrorist group Hezbollah, would be any danger to Sahba.
The next day, the 30-year-old divorced woman and former student activist boarded a plane accompanied by a Canadian immigration officer en route for Iran.
She was arrested on arrival.During her 26-hour detention, she was struck in the face and head twice when she refused to sign a statement denouncing Canada.
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But Sahba, twice denied a visa to leave Iran, believed her only hope of joining her family was to leave illegally.
She paid thousands of dollars to a human trafficker who secured flights for her from Turkey to Malaysia to Germany and then to Canada, and eventually robbed her of both her real Iranian passport and a fake one.
She checked the refugee claimant box on the form when she arrived at Vancouver International Airport, setting in motion a process that makes it impossible to then apply as an immigrant.
Sahba's family cling to the hope that before her Tehran court date on Jan. 25, the immigration minister will issue a temporary- resident permit to Sahba.
That would be the documentation she needs to leave Iran and get on an airplane bound for Canada.It would also allow either a European country or the United States to intervene and provide her with even temporary sanctuary.
While even criminals don't seem to be deported from Canada these days, it appears that Sahba's "crime" is that she either knowingly tried to jump the immigration queue or she got a lot of bad advice from smugglers and lawyers about how to be a successful refugee.
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Sahba had five charges laid against her and faces a sentence ranging from jail to being stoned to death, said Press.
Two charges relate to her leaving Iran illegally and one relates to her role as a women's-rights activist at the University of Tehran.
Press said the two other charges were unexpected and the Sahba family has asked her not to reveal what those charges are.
Sahba fled Iran in 2000, fearful her husband was going to kill her.
Sahba's parents and other family members live in Burnaby.Because Sahba arrived illegally she became a refugee claimant.Her claim was rejected, and she was deported Dec. 7.
Iranian authorities held Sahba for 26 hours then allowed her to leave after her father, who returned to Iran, paid bail.She must report to police every day at 10 a.m.
She will be tried in two weeks.
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Sahba, 30, was a refugee claimant in Canada, where her parents, brother and sister legally immigrated six years ago.Most recently, they had been living in North Burnaby, and Sahba worked for Starbucks for the past three years.According to the Persian Journal website, her employer was supporting her refugee application.
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Meanwhile, Siksay expressed shock that the government would return Sahba to Iran just one month after tabling a resolution at the United Nations about Iran's "unacceptable" record on human rights and the treatment of women.
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I'm not sure we can help Ms. Sahba at this point, however, we have to make sure this does not happen to anyone else.We know other refugees in Canada face torture, imprisonment or death if they are returned, and we have to tighten up the process and stop these deportations."
He also expressed surprise that his first formal contact from the Sahba family came just one day before Haleh's deportation, when he was shocked to discover that they were residents of North Burnaby.
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to contact her until she was in the car on the way to the airport," he said.
...
Sahba, 30, was a refugee claimant in Canada, where her parents, brother and sister legally immigrated six years ago.Most recently, they had been living in North Burnaby, and Sahba worked for Starbucks for the past three years.
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Sahba told immigration officials she feared persecution in her country due to her work as a women's rights activist.
An Iranian woman deported from Vancouver was arrested within minutes of her return to Tehran, but was released after spending many hours in detention.
Haleh Sahba, 30, now faces charges of leaving Iran illegally.
Sahba lived in the Vancouver area for three years after fleeing her home country, where she had been jailed for defending women's rights.
She told Immigration Canada that she feared for her life if she was forced to return to Iran, but was refused refugee status and deported on Tuesday.
Sahba's family has now sent letters to every MLA in the province asking for their support to win her return to Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
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Sahba told immigration officials she had spent time in jail in Iran after campaigning for rights and freedoms for women in her home country and feared retaliation or execution if sent back.
She was denied refugee status although her parents and younger brother and sister legally immigrated to Canada six years ago.
Sahba worked at Starbucks for the last three years.The company had also been supporting her fight to stay in Canada.
Media Reports - No One Is Illegal - Vancouver
users.resist.ca, 11 Jan 2007 [cached]
Last week, Haleh's father, Habib Sahba, along with three other men and a woman, signed affidavits, swearing that they would ensure Haleh appears in court when her case is heard Jan. 25. Since then Sahba and her father have left Tehran, where she didn't feel safe, and gone to another part of the country.
Since then, Sahba has also learned that all four of her closest university friends, who worked with her to organize rallies in support of greater freedoms and rights for women during the late 1990s, are in jail.
...
The judge also called it implausible that Sahba's ex-husband and his brother, who is a senior member of the terrorist group Hezbollah, would be any danger to Sahba.
...
But Sahba, twice denied a visa to leave Iran, believed her only hope of joining her family was to leave illegally.
She paid thousands of dollars to a human trafficker who secured flights for her from Turkey to Malaysia to Germany and then to Canada, and eventually robbed her of both her real Iranian passport and a fake one.
She checked the refugee claimant box on the form when she arrived at Vancouver International Airport, setting in motion a process that makes it impossible to then apply as an immigrant.
Sahba's family cling to the hope that before her Tehran court date on Jan. 25, the immigration minister will issue a temporary- resident permit to Sahba.
That would be the documentation she needs to leave Iran and get on an airplane bound for Canada. It would also allow either a European country or the United States to intervene and provide her with even temporary sanctuary.
While even criminals don't seem to be deported from Canada these days, it appears that Sahba's "crime" is that she either knowingly tried to jump the immigration queue or she got a lot of bad advice from smugglers and lawyers about how to be a successful refugee.
...
Sahba had five charges laid against her and faces a sentence ranging from jail to being stoned to death, said Press.
Two charges relate to her leaving Iran illegally and one relates to her role as a women's-rights activist at the University of Tehran.
Press said the two other charges were unexpected and the Sahba family has asked her not to reveal what those charges are.
Sahba fled Iran in 2000, fearful her husband was going to kill her.
Sahba's parents and other family members live in Burnaby. Because Sahba arrived illegally she became a refugee claimant. Her claim was rejected, and she was deported Dec. 7.
Iranian authorities held Sahba for 26 hours then allowed her to leave after her father, who returned to Iran, paid bail. She must report to police every day at 10 a.m.
She will be tried in two weeks.
...
Sahba, 30, was a refugee claimant in Canada, where her parents, brother and sister legally immigrated six years ago. Most recently, they had been living in North Burnaby, and Sahba worked for Starbucks for the past three years. According to the Persian Journal website, her employer was supporting her refugee application.
...
Meanwhile, Siksay expressed shock that the government would return Sahba to Iran just one month after tabling a resolution at the United Nations about Iran's "unacceptable" record on human rights and the treatment of women.
...
I'm not sure we can help Ms. Sahba at this point, however, we have to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. We know other refugees in Canada face torture, imprisonment or death if they are returned, and we have to tighten up the process and stop these deportations."
He also expressed surprise that his first formal contact from the Sahba family came just one day before Haleh's deportation, when he was shocked to discover that they were residents of North Burnaby.
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to contact her until she was in the car on the way to the airport," he said.
...
Sahba, 30, was a refugee claimant in Canada, where her parents, brother and sister legally immigrated six years ago. Most recently, they had been living in North Burnaby, and Sahba worked for Starbucks for the past three years.
...
Sahba told immigration officials she feared persecution in her country due to her work as a women's rights activist.
An Iranian woman deported from Vancouver was arrested within minutes of her return to Tehran, but was released after spending many hours in detention.
Haleh Sahba, 30, now faces charges of leaving Iran illegally.
Sahba lived in the Vancouver area for three years after fleeing her home country, where she had been jailed for defending women's rights.
She told Immigration Canada that she feared for her life if she was forced to return to Iran, but was refused refugee status and deported on Tuesday.
...
Sahba told immigration officials she had spent time in jail in Iran after campaigning for rights and freedoms for women in her home country and feared retaliation or execution if sent back.
She was denied refugee status although her parents and younger brother and sister legally immigrated to Canada six years ago.
Sahba worked at Starbucks for the last three years. The company had also been supporting her fight to stay in Canada.
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