A thirty-year old man from Chechnya who came to Iceland five years ago seeking political asylum has been refused a residence permit.
The man, currently residing in a halfway house, was denied a permit because he has been unable to prove he hails from Chechnya.
“I came to Iceland to ask for help,” said Aslan Gilaev in an interview with Fréttabladid. “What happened to me here was much worse than what I experienced before. I’m a prisoner in Iceland. They’ve broken all humanitarian rules,” he claims.
Gilaev married an Icelandic woman in September 2000, and has gone on a hunger strike in the past to protest his treatment by the Icelandic government.
“I can’t sleep at night. This has ruined my mental health,” he said.