What is RAFIQ?

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Beside us, there are refugees seeking relief ...
We are standing by refugees, who came to seek help.
What does RAFIQ mean? RAFIQ means A FRIEND in Persian language.
The war in Afghanistan that was followed by the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States in October 2001, brought us a strong interest in refugee problems and the immigration issue. Thereby we have set up support network for refugee residents in Japan called RAFIQ in August 2002.

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What is Refugee? The Article 1 of Convention to the Status of Refugees is defining as follows: any person owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.

The key words for Refugee are "fear of being persecuted".
Therefore the persons who come to Japan just because of economical reasons, personal troubles or some natural disasters are not able to be refugees defined in the above Convention.

Two Afghan refugees who fled for their lives committed suicide in Japan in 2002. Not only Afghan but also many refugees including Burmese, Kurdish, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Iranian etc are suffering due to unwilling reception of refugees in Japan.

In the first place, what causes refugees to appear nowadays? Why is Japan reluctant to accept refugees? Does refugee reception give Japan a lot of trouble? Does it cost a lot? What makes the world unsafe and unenjoyable?
It would be good to learn little by little to answer these countless questions.

The two Afghan refugees were forced to be in the miserable situation as follows;

"If I have to live in such a miserable situation ..., I ought to have been killed in the war."
In the narrow visiting room which looks the same in a prison shown in TV, we exchanged words for the first time through a glazed board.
I was confused why we met in this way, although he came from far as he thought 'Japan the safest'.

"My visa was forged, because I had to flee. No country imprisons refugees. Why do I have to be in a prison, although I didn't do anything wrong in Japan?"

"If I were in a prison, I could work. Here I have nothing to do on bedclothes all day. I can't see the outside. This makes me suffocated. If I can't go out of here, it would be better to die."

Only limited space equivalent to a tatami mat is given to a person.
Such words make my stomach excruciated. It is very hard to hold back my tears. I want to say something to him, but I can't find any word. I want to help him. I want to let him out of the place which drives him into suicide. I want to join hands with them. I want to play with them.



General News about Refugees (1/26/2019) new!
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2019 (1/7/2019)
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2018 (11/13/2018)
Support My Friends (Refugees) in Japan (Reprinting)
World Refugee Day 2018: West Japan Assembly Infomation
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2017 (12/20/2017)
World Refugee Day 2017: West Japan Assembly Infomation
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2016 (1/29/2017)
RAFIQ's 15th General Meeting (11/13/2016)
RAFIQ Needs Your Help!
World Refugee Day 2016: West Japan Assembly Infomation
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2015
RAFIQ's 14th General Meeting
A Statement of Opposition to Japan's Security Policy that Will Lead to Increased Numbers of Refugees (8/12/2015)
2015 World Refugee Day in Western Japan, Assembly Details
A Formal Objection, Requesting that the Transfer of an African Refugee to Omura is Reconsidered and Appealing for his Provisional Release (3/13/2015)
RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2014
A Statement of Objection to Forced Repatriation (1/13/2015)
Principles of Activities
How to apply for recognition of refugee status to Ministry of Justice
RAFIQ general meeting of the 10th anniversary on 23 October 2011
Outline of the assembly of "World Refugee Day 2013 in Kansai"
Outline of the assembly of "World Refugee Day 2012 in Kansai"
Outline of the assembly of "World Refugee Day 2011 in Kansai"

RAFIQ JAPAN (The Network aiming at the Coexistence with the Refugees in Japan)
Nanmin-House 4-9-13 HigashiMikuni Yodogawa-ku Osaka-shi, 532-0002
TEL:06-6335-4440 / mailto: rafiqtomodati@yahoo.co.jp


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