Swiss Migration Office agrees to reexamine the asylum case of Anatole Zali

Victory
April 20, 2009

Swiss Migration Office agrees to reexamine the asylum case of Anatole Zali

Anatole Zali arrived in Switzerland from Cameroon on 3 February and claimed asylum on the grounds that he had been threatened because of his sexual orientation, and was at risk of imprisonment if he stayed in Cameroon. On 14 February 2008, the Swiss Migration Office ruled that Anatole Zali should be returned to Cameroon and was given five days to appeal against this decision. He did not have access to state-funded representation and he had to submit his appeal himself. His appeal was rejected. Following international pressure, including by Amnesty International members, the Migration Office agreed to reconsider Anatole Zali's asylum claim, on the basis that he had not had access to a fair and satisfactory asylum procedure. His request for the reconsideration of his asylum claim was supported by Amnesty International, which also noted that international law prohibits the return of anyone to a country where they would be at risk of serious human rights violations. Thank you to all who sent appeals.