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Photos: Iranian asylum-seekers sew their mouths shut to protest discrimination

Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski
A migrant protests as he waits with others to cross the border from Greece.
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After Slovenia declared last week that it would only let asylum seekers of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi origin across its borders, Macedonia and other nearby countries followed suit. Now dozens of Iranian refugees have been left on the Greek side of the Greece-Macedonian border, reports Reuters, effectively excluded from consideration for asylum. In protest, several began a hunger strike on Monday, Nov. 23, sewing their mouths shut.

On Nov. 24, a spokesman for United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement calling for compassion, solidarity and shared responsibility, and noted that profiling asylum seekers by nationality “infringes the human right of all people to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality, and to have their individual cases heard.”

Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
Stranded Iranian migrants block rail tracks during a protest at the border between Greece and Macedonia.
Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
Stranded Iranian migrant Hamid, 34, an electrical engineer from the Iranian town of Sanandij.
Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski
A migrant cries as she waits to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia.
Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
A stranded Iranian migrant has his lips sewn.
Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
Stranded Iranian migrants sit on rail tracks.
Reuters/Stoyan Nenov
A migrant with a mouth taped in protest.
AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos
A Iranian man who was self-inflicted with a razor, shouts during a protest.
AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos
An Iranian migrant, 2nd right, with his mouth sewn.
Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
A stranded Pakistani migrant sits on a structure by the Greek-Macedonian border.

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