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Taylor Has Been Denied Political Asylum In Switzerland

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June 23, 2011 Call (B)

June 23, 2011 Call (B)

David Chase Taylor received his first official phone call (see below) in regards to political asylum on June 23, 2011, from Ms. Keller of the Migration Office of the Canton of Zürich via Sunrise mobile.

During their 22 minute phone call, Ms. Keller informed Taylor of the following information regarding his case:

1.  Ms. Keller stated that Taylor was to appear on June 24, 2011 (the next day), for an asylum appointment, despite Taylor never receiving an official appointment letter as is standard protocol. Taylor had previously sent numerous letters, and emails asking for a new appointment but his communication was repeatedly ignored.

2. In response to Taylor requesting a translator at future asylum appointments (Taylor does not speak fluent German), Ms. Keller informed Taylor that he did not need a translator at the alleged June 24, 2011, appointment because the appointment only involved the filling out of basic paperwork and any employee at the Migration Office of the Canton of Zürich could process his paperwork.

The information by Ms. Keller conflicts with previous information given to Taylor at his May 24, 2011, appointment when he was informed that Ms. Davoli was the only employee that could handle his asylum case. Since Ms. Davoli was allegedly sick for
May 24, 2011, appointment, Taylor was not allowed to fill out the asylum application and initiate his asylum process. Despite asking to meet with another employee regarding his case, Taylor's request was denied. He was told to leave and that a letter with a new appointment date would be mailed out in the next few days. To date, Taylor has yet to receive a new appointment letter. Read More

3. Ms. Keller stated that Taylor must submit both his U.S. and German passport in order to initiate his asylum process. Under Swiss law, asylum applicants are only required to inform the Swiss authorities of their identity and submit proof of their identity in order to initiate the asylum procedure.

4. Ms. Keller stated that Taylor was not allowed to have a translator or attorney present with him at the alleged June 24, 2011, appointment, and if Taylor was accompanied by a translator or attorney they would have to wait outside of the building. Under Swiss law, Taylor has a legal right to a translator and legal representation in all legal matters. 

5. When Taylor inquired about free legal counsel due to his current financial situation, Ms. Keller stated that there was no such help within the Swiss legal system. Taylor, knowing that Ms. Keller's comments were categorically false, began to argue the point when and Ms. Keller promptly ended the phone conversation by hanging up. Under Swiss law, anyone who does not have sufficient means has the right to free legal advice and assistance unless their case appears to have no prospect of success.

The information Ms. Keller stated to Taylor in their June 23, 2011, phone conversation is blatantly false and incompatible with Swiss law and standard protocol. As a holder of an Ausländerausweis "B" Swiss residence permit, Taylor is entitled to the same rights and protections under the Swiss Constitution as a Swiss citizen.

Despite repeated attempts by Taylor to communicate with and meet with the Migration Office of the Canton of Zürich via letters, emails and calls, Taylor has been denied due process in his case for political asylum, a clear violation of the Migration Office's legal responsibility under Swiss law.

Asylum Call # 2

Date:
June 23, 2011
To: David Chase Taylor (0041.076.497.74.26)
From: Migration Office of the Canton of Zürich (0041.043.259.87.21)
Carrier: Sunrise
Official Response: None

Next Action: October 17, 2011 Letter