From UK to Death: New Deportation of an Iranian Gay Man
“The following comes from a fellow in the U.K. whom I’ve been trying modestly to assist in fighting the deportation of his Iranian partner, who has repeatedly been denied asylum in the U.K. as a sexual refugee from persecution.”
Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran, Pink News, 22nd October 2007, Omar Kuddus
Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain’s attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire, asylum seekers awaiting deportation. They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to “manage migration” and hold an average 25,000 immigrants every year.
Tony McNulty stated “removing those who have no right to remain in the UK is an integral part of our balanced approach to asylum and immigration, helping us to cut abuse of the system and ensure an effective end-to-end process.”
Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of Asylum claims. In order for campaigners aiming to prevent the deportation of specific individuals to stand any chance of victory, they have to focus on the individual’s legitimate claim to refugee status, and can be effective for securing a future by razing public questioning about the draconian nature of the immigration policy.
It is time to recognize that the global system of population control creates and maintains injustices and inequalities.
Sexual minorities in the UK have every right to exercise and celebrate their own hard won rights; however the time has still not come to take things for granted, despite the government passing the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which guaranteed sexual minorities protection against discrimination on the grounds of their sexuality.
The stance of Britain on homosexuals seeking asylum on the grounds of their sexual orientation is worrying. Arguably Britain should exercise caution when letting people into the country, but also should be reasonable.
One has to ask, would you want to send a gay Iranian back to Iran, only for him to face public execution? For just being gay!
Human sexuality is as much a fundamental right as the right to free speech or the right to freedom and no one, least of all a government, elected by the people, has the right to interfere with that right.
Most Judges are dismissing homosexual’s claims to asylum and destroying their credibility, with all the evidence confirming that they are being used as a soft target (to bring down the asylum figures). Peter Tatchell recently stated “it is designed to fail as many applicants as possible in order to meet government targets to cut asylum numbers”. Homosexuality does not form a social group within the 1951, United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the Home Office systematically refuse asylum on the grounds that it does not recognize homophobic persecution as a legitimate and valid ground for asylum (under the 1952 Refugee Convention).
The Home Offices recent refusal of 35 year old gay Iranian, Saeed Faraji, on the grounds that he could not prove that homosexuals are subjected to “torture, inhumane or degrading treatment” in Iran, despite his sworn statement, further establishes this.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any homosexuals live in his country (to an audience at Columbia University in New York).
“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” he said. “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon; I don’t know who has told you that we have it.”
This is despite according to Iranian human rights campaigners Iran has executed an estimated 4000 gay men since the Ayatollahs came to power in 1979. According to the gay rights group Outrage! ”the Islamic Republic of Iran is qualitatively more homophobic than any other state on earth”. ”Its government- promoted and religious sanctioned torture and execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people marks out Iran as a state acting in defiance of all agreed international human rights conventions”
The Islamic Sharia law followed in Iran makes gay sex illegal with penalty of death, for offenders as young as 14 years old.
The BIA (Home Office Border and Immigration Agency) is choosing to send people back and just hope that things go well and that they are not executed. This pheromone is extremely worrying as they are willing to ignore the advice of the Human rights watch and signs of danger in Iran.
Several failed asylum seekers, been refused asylum (by the home Office) have committed suicide, rather than face the barbaric persecution, torture and punishment awaiting them in Iran, having publicly admitted their sexuality (to the home office).
The newly formed EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) is about building a fairer, more confident and united Britain, and provide practical guidance including to individuals. (Its Chair, Trevor Philips, said” We will continue to support meritorious and significant individual cases” with Ben Summerskill (Chief Executive Stonewall and one of the 14 commissioners adding) “This is hugely important…because people will have a public body required to defend them for the very first time”. The challenge is to make it work.
Thus giving the gay community finally a voice, to ask for the end of deportation of gay asylum seekers, who do not have the luxury of being themselves as we do.
The home Offices refusal to accept failed asylum seekers can have a profound effect. I should know. The person I fell in love with and want to form a civil partnership with happens to fall within this category and despite being British myself I have for the past three years lived a life of uncertainty, despair and fear that he will be deported and returned back to Iran, where he is certain to face the gallows, along with myself as I have no intentions of being parted from him. Just for being gay.