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Deportation of Disabled Palestinian Boy Postponed

By Yelena

Protest against 11-year-old Yazan Tamimi's deportation, June 23, 2024
Photo: Jelena Ćirić. Protest against 11-year-old Yazan Tamimi’s deportation, June 23, 2024.
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The deportation of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy and his parents has been postponed by one month, until early August. The boy, named Yazan Tamimi, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. The boy’s mother, Feryal Tamimi, told RÚV they don’t know why the decision was made and are still worried about the future.

Deportation considered life-threatening

Yazan and his family arrived in Iceland around one year ago, from Palestine. They travelled to Iceland through Spain, where their passports were stamped. Icelandic authorities aim to deport the family to Spain, where they have not previously resided, with the support of the Dublin Regulation. They were set to deport him and his parents from Iceland in early July but have postponed the action by at least four weeks.

Yazan has a severe form of muscular dystrophy called Duchenne and uses a wheelchair due to the effects of the illness. Duchenne experts in Iceland have stated that deportation could significantly shorten his life and be life-threatening for him, both due to the risk of travel itself and because it will interrupt his necessary treatment for up to 18 months.

Breaches Iceland’s international commitments

Locals in Iceland have held regular protests in support of Yazan, calling on Icelandic authorities to reverse their decision and let the family stay. Now new details have emerged in their case, acccording to the family’s lawyer, Albert Björn Lúðvígsson, who is trying to get the Immigration Appeals Board to reconsider the case. He states that regulations were not followed in how Yazan’s disability was evaluated, and that the evaluation was not in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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