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Lindh was foreign minister during the negotiations of common carrier sanctions that prevent asylum seekers from using normal commercial transportation like aircrafts. Apparently on the foreign minsters table in the Council, I find a question in Swedish parliament that confimrs that. The answer to the question of why the government did nothing to stop it in the Council despite massive majority against among Swedish MEPs is mostly avoided and the traditional answer of "Now we have to pass this, EU says so" is trotted out.

Essentially it means that if a company transports somebody who applies for and is denied visa it is fined 5000 euros and the costs of repatriation. Here is a summary of the consequences:

Carrier Sanctions - European Council on Refugees and Exiles

The adverse consequences of carrier sanctions on asylum seekers have been pointed to by many observers, most recently by a study carried out for the European Parliament. Yet the use of carrier sanctions continues across the EU. Moreover transport companies will continue to comply with the rules as long as it is more economically beneficial to avoid a fine by not allowing a passenger to travel rather than let a potential asylum seeker travel and risk making the wrong decision and incur a fine as well as the costs of repatriation.

ECRE objects in the strongest terms to the very existence of carriers' liability, which strips many refugees of the possibility to reach a country of asylum.

Also problematic is the way carrier sanctions confer on private actors responsibilities which by nature pertain to public authorities. They privatise functions in the field of migration control to non-state agents that cannot be held accountable for ensuring the rights of refugees under international law.

So people crossing into Europe in unsafe vessels instead of flying in and applying for asylum is a consequence of the carrier sanctions for which Lindh was the primary.

Exactly what part Lindh was considered to have in the negotiations in the play is unclear, in particular since it appears never to have been performed. Moodysson says in one interview that she was a leading proponent of this legislation, but that the focus of the play is not really on Lindh. But it is clear that the theather (Dramaten in Stockholm) that commissioned the play thought it would paint Lindh as a murderer. And that was unacceptable no matter what facts there was.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 at 06:59:53 AM EST
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