Nobel laureate in literature Elfriede Jelinek (75) supports the Afghan astronomer and women’s rights activist Amena Karimyan (25), who is stuck in Islamabad after a visa refused by Austria. In her declaration of support, Jelinek sharply criticized the Austrian Foreign Ministry, which rejected the researcher’s visa application despite prior assurance.
“The worst thing I can imagine is holding out my hand to someone who is drowning and then pulling it away at the last minute. To give hope to a person and to refuse salvation at the last moment. The Austrian Foreign Ministry did that with Amena Karimyan, ”said Jelinek, outraged by the cold-hearted approach of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
Jelinek adds: “We already have enough women and enough researchers that we don’t need to fetch some more, not even for a few months. You may have thought so. And we don’t need women’s rights activists here anyway. Who needs them … The poor young woman needs immediate support, just as she was promised. There is no question about that. ”More than 2000 people have already signed an urgent appeal from SOS Mitmensch to the Austrian Foreign Minister. An immediate visa for Karimyan is required.