We need to help #FreeMojgan.
“Loving and caring for my beautiful wife is not a crime but it’s made feel like that, because she is an asylum seeker,” Milad Jafari says.
Mr Jafari is a permanent Australia resident whose wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor was forcibly transferred from a detention centre in Brisbane to one in Darwin earlier this month.
Now Mr Jafari, himself an Iranian refugee, is circulating a petition to try and free his wife from immigration detention.
The newlyweds, who are both 21 years old, had been living free in the community for two years before Ms Shamsalipoor was detained on 8 August — just months out from completing her Year 12 at a Brisbane high school.
Watch Milad speak at a recent #FreeMojgan rally in Brisbane (post continues after video):
Mojgan is seeking asylum because of sexual abuse and torture in Iran, according to Mr Jafari.
“I am already missing her – my heart is breaking,” he writes.
“I love her truly and she is everything to me. I thought after we got married that I would get every chance to see her smile and make her happy. We both are young and should feel like we have a bright future ahead of us. We just want to have a chance to live happily together.”
Mojgan’s transfer to Darwin has generated protests in Brisbane, while Mr Jafari has been generating support for his wife on social media under the hashtag #FreeMojgan.
In recent months, an undisclosed number of Iranians living in Australian on bridging visas have been taken from their communities and placed in detention.
That move follows speculation that the Department of Immigration is in negotiations with the Iranian government to return citizens whose applications for asylum have been rejected.
Please sign Mr Jafari’s petition here.