Three migrants were sent back to Iran, one of them could be persecuted in Iran for the escape

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На русском языке: В Иран вернули троих мигрантов, одного из них могут преследовать в Иране за побег
На беларускай мове: У Іран вярнулі траіх мігрантаў, аднаго з іх могуць пераследаваць у Іране за ўцёкі

BBC Persian, referring to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reports that three Iranian citizens were returned to their homeland from Belarus. Earlier, 13 Iranian asylum seekers disappeared in the forests of Belarus near Lithuania. The return came a few days after a telephone conversation between Vladimir Makei and the head of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A few days before the conversation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran was already interested in the problems of the Iranians on the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. Sara Logmani, an Iranian expert on women’s studies and an activist of the Change for Equality campaign, then wrote on Twitter that the Consul General of the Iranian Embassy in Belarus had headed to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. In the same message, the activist expressed claims to the Belarusian law enforcement agencies:

«To hell with the Belarusian police for constantly forcibly displacing them, and we have no place for them too. Pray that the police cooperate and find them. Today, both Iran and Belarus are closed. The Consul General himself went to the border,» – Sarah Logmani wrote.

It is also worth mentioning about the fact that a week ago, Iranian journalist Darush Memar published photos in which, as he claims, were those 13 people from Iran who disappeared in the forests on the border. According to the journalist, one of the thirteen people is a musician and artist who escaped from prison in the Islamic Republic. The artist sent a message that the border guards beat them every day, and they have no food and water. Which border guards were mentioned was not specified.

It is unknown who exactly was sent back to Iran. But there is a possibility that the artist and other people who are persecuted in Iran for political reasons could be among them. Last week, Alexander Fridman, a political scientist, payed attention to this point.

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