Britain denies asylum to Iranian who'll be executed in his country for Homosexuality

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    A life or death decision


    Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran. He sought sanctuary in Britain after his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality. So why is Britain so determined to send him back to Tehran – to almost certain execution?
    By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor
    Thursday, 6 March 2008


    A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend was executed by the Iranian authorities now faces the same fate after losing his legal battle for asylum.

    Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study English in 2004 but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by the Iranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged.
    In a telephone conversation with his father in Tehran, Mr Kazemi was told that before the execution in April 2006, his boyfriend had been questioned about sexual relations he had with other men and under interrogation had named Mr Kazemi as his partner.
    Fearing for his own life if he returned to Iran, Mr Kazemi claimed asylum in Britain. But late in 2007 his case was refused. Terror-stricken at the prospect of deportation the young Iranian made a desperate attempt to evade deportation and fled Britain for Holland where he is now being detained amid a growing outcry from campaigners.
    He appeared before a Dutch court yesterday to plead with the authorities not to return him to Britain where he is almost certain to be sent back to Iran.
    In a letter to the British Government, Mr Kazemi has told the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith: "I wish to inform the Secretary of State that I did not come to the UK to claim asylum. I came here to study and return to my country. But in the past few months my situation back home has changed. The Iranian authorities have found out that I am a homosexual and they are looking for me." He added: "I cannot stop my attraction towards men. This is something that I will have to live with the rest of my life. I was born with the feeling and cannot change this fact but it is unfortunate that I cannot express my feeling in Iran. If I return to Iran I will be arrested and executed like my former boyfriend."
    Mr Kazemi's future will now be decided by a Dutch appeal court, which will rule whether to grant him permission to apply for asylum in Holland, which offers special protection to gay Iranians, or whether he will be deported to Britain. His case has attracted support from leading gay rights groups across Europe who are campaigning to allow him to live in Britain.
    Omar Kuddus, from Gay Asylum UK, said that Britain must do more to protect homosexual asylum-seekers such as Mr Kazemi: "The challenge and legality under question and debate in the Dutch court is if he can or should be deported back to the UK under the Dublin Treaty which compels EU states to send asylum-seekers to the first European country they claim asylum."
    Peter Tatchell, of the gay rights campaign group Outrage, described the Government's policy as "outrageous and shameful". He said: "If Mehdi is sent back to Iran he will be at risk of execution because of his homosexuality. This is a flagrant violation of Britain's obligations under the refugee convention.
    "It is just the latest example of the Government putting the aims of cutting asylum numbers before the merits of individual cases. The whole world knows that Iran hangs young, gay men and uses a particularly barbaric method of slow strangulation. In a bid to fulfil its target to cut asylum numbers the Government is prepared to send this young man to his possible death. It is a heartless, cruel mercenary anti-refugee policy."
    Emma Ginn, of the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, met Mr Kazemi at the Tinsley House removal centre, near Gatwick airport, while he was being detained by the Home Office. She recalls: "Mehdi was very anxious when I visited him in Tinsley. The Home Office planned to deport him two days later to Iran where he risked being executed like his boyfriend had been. I'm not surprised he fled the UK."
    According to Iranian human rights campaigners, more than 4,000 gay men and lesbians have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. The last reported case of the death penalty imposed against a gay man was that of Makwan Moloudzadeh, 21, who was executed in December after being convicted for sodomy, or lavat, a capital offence under Iranian law.
    Last year, the Foreign Office released correspondence sent between embassies throughout the EU dating back to May 2005. They refer specifically to the case of two gay youths, Mahmoud Asqari, under 18 at the time of his execution, and Ayad Marhouni, who were hanged in public.
    The Home Office's own guidance issued to immigration officers concedes that Iran executes homosexual men but, unaccountably, rejects the claim that there is a systematic repression of gay men and lesbians.
    The Government has a policy of not commenting on individual cases but a Home Office spokeswoman said: "The UK Government is committed to providing protection for those individuals found to be genuinely in need, in accordance with our commitments under international law. If an application is refused, there is a right of appeal to an independent judge, and we only return those who have been found by the asylum decision-making process and the independent courts not to need international protection.
    "We examine with great care each individual case before removal and we will not remove anyone who we believe is at risk on their return. However, in order to maintain the integrity of our asylum system and prevent unfounded applications it is important that we are able to enforce returns of those who do not need protection." She added: "The Dublin Regulation states that an asylum applicant should make an application for protection in the first 'safe' country they reach having left their own country. If they do not do so, the Regulation permits the return of asylum applicants to the third country where the substantive asylum claim was made."

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/a-life-or-death-decision-792058.html


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  2. Prefix Registered

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    Immigration in Britain is pretty much a gigantic mess anyway.
     
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    why thumbs down, they haven't mad e a desicsion yet?
     
  4. hippie_hunter The King is Back!

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    Now that's gay :o
     
  5. black_dust FrEaK-A-ZoId!!!

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    We chucked a woman with cancer out of the Uk back to Africa, this is no different, we cant keep hoarding all the strays of the world, piss off back to your own country.
     
  6. chamber-music Infinity Ammo

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    UK takes in quite a lot of immigrants. I'm actully surprised to hear we rejected one.
     
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  8. Lord Valumart Hype's Dr - It's Canon

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    :up:
     
  9. amazingfantasy15 Registered

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    I could understand this under most circumstances, except sending him back to his own country is effectively killing him for not being born the way his government wants him to be, would you be willing to shoot him right now, that's basically what you're post says piss off and die.
     
  10. black_dust FrEaK-A-ZoId!!!

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    Make him go to another country then, France, Germany AMERICA! plenty of other places
     
  11. Darkly Dexter Registered

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    The guy didn't go to Britain just to save his ass. He was living and studying there. A little more humanity please, this person is going to be hanged just because he is homosexual. To not give him asylum, won't change for the better the inmigration problem in your country.
     
  12. Gamma Ray Registered

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    I thought there were no homosexuals in Iran.
     
  13. amazingfantasy15 Registered

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    Oh, you didn't read the article, he went to Holland because England was gonna send back to Iran, where he'd be killed, the laws says since he was first in England, he can't claim asylum in Holland. Holland would grant him asylum, but can't and might be forced to deport him to England, where he'll be deported to Iran and killed for being gay.
     
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    No living homosexuals in Iran, apparently there are 4,000 six feet underneath Iran.
     
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    There country should be fixed.
    Then people can call it an illegal war and hippies and belligerently opinionated students can make banners and have fun days out.
     
  16. Memphis Slim Registered

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    This is tragic. But can you imagine the stories that others will come up with to get asylum? As bad as this is, Britain has to protect the interest of the greater population. Not saying that this guy poses a threat. But the laws are in place for a reason.....to control immigration.... He wouldn't be the only story.

    I hope he can stay over here. but I would also understand (sadly) if the U.K. sent him back.
     
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    There's something about this post that seems remarkably out-of-character for Memphis Slim. It's almost as though he actually picked his words carefully for fear of being called a homophobe.

    ...there's also the fact that this is a generally reasonable response. Dude, are you feeling okay? :huh:
     
  18. Superman4ever Registered

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    ^^ Just, wait for it...
     
  19. bullets bang bang

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    It is a rough deal. This guy is probably telling the truth but Britain can't do anything about it. If they agree to it others will hear the story and then show up with stories.
     
  20. Darkly Dexter Registered

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    But this is not a story, it's a fact. His couple was hanged. It's not hard to find out if he (or anyone) is telling the truth or not.
     
  21. cerealkiller182 Must Get Deadpool Avatar

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    edit-my bad,i misinterpreted you
     
  22. bullets bang bang

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    All they have to say is they were outed as a homosexual and are in danger .
     

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