Iranian who wants to be NZ's first refugee MP too scared to go to the US

  • 30/01/2017

An Iranian refugee who has been in New Zealand for 26 years says she would not travel to the United States because of Donald Trump's "Muslim ban".

Golriz Ghahraman​, a lawyer who is standing for the Green Party, said going to the US was too risky given she had her Iranian place of birth on her New Zealand passport. ​

"I wouldn't travel to America right now. I wouldn't want to face what people are facing - held in handcuffs and being interrogated by security forces," she said.

​Ms Ghahraman came to New Zealand as a child after her Muslim parents escaped Iran's oppressive Islamic regime. 

She has since become an international human rights lawyer working for the United Nations, and if elected would be New Zealand's first refugee MP.