Denmark Defames a Refugee

Having subjected me to a "manifestly unfounded" asylum procedure in 1991 without legal representation or right of appeal, having refused to help me recover the trunks containing most of my documents, Danish officials subjected me to forced repatriation, falsely describing me as "apparently deranged" and "hospitalized here" -- vicious lies.

This is a telegram sent by the US Embassy in Copenhagen to the US Secretary of State.

On appeal, the US Department of State, under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, agreed to attach the following corrections to the document.

Please note that this telegram did not include my UDL (asylum-seeker identification number), UDL No. 88-051.481, which my original request had provided. My request had also indicated the following: "I was not in detention at Sandholm. I was free to leave the camp and travel around the area. At no time was I regarded as a danger to myself or others." For some reason, the State Department also saw fit to exclude this.

Here's the truth, here are the principles, to which the State Department would not commit itself!

After State Department officials speciously refused my request for amendment, I submitted a letter of appeal dated June 7, 2000, which the department eventually honored. My appeal included the following:

Deep in your hearts, you know that there are many people in this country who have just cause for seeking refuge elsewhere -- people without recourse, without hope, denied due process or the equal protection of the laws. Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the United States and Denmark are both States Parties, such persons have a right to leave their own country, and must not be returned here against their wills.

Please do not continue this atrocious coverup. Please cease to encourage policies that discriminate against American citizens. We have the same right as anybody else to seek political asylum and to have our applications considered fairly.

I suggest that the following statements be appended inseparably to document 91 Copenhagen 8790, dated December 18, 1991:

Some day, the whole truth shall be known. Some day, justice shall prevail.

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