Mehdi Kazemi, the Iranian Homosexual, Is Presently Being Held in Rotterdam Detention Centre
EVERYONE GROUP: “MEHDI WILL BE HEARD BY A DUTCH JUDGE ON MONDAY MORNING”
Seyed Mehdi Kazemi, the twenty-year-old Iranian homosexual, member of EveryOne Group, in danger of being returned to the United Kingdom from Holland, and then repatriated to Iran (where he is wanted for the crime of “lavat”, sodomy, and where he would be put to death for this homosexuality), is being held in custody in the Dutch detention centre of Zestienhoven, near Rotterdam airport.
On February 27th the activists of EveryOne Group asked the Dutch Ambassador in Rome to intervene with the Dutch immigration office and ask the authorities where Mehdi is being held to allow the boy to contact his uncle in London (who had had no news of the boy for days), as soon as possible. “On Wednesday afternoon Mehdi did in fact contact his uncle. He told him he is still being held in the detention centre of Rotterdam” say the leaders of EveryOne, Matteo Pegoraro, Roberto Malini and Dario Picciau. “The boy is continuing his hunger strike. Both Mehdi’s uncle, and Omar Kuddus, a representative of Gay Asylum UK, have informed us that Mehdi will be questioned by a Dutch judge on Monday morning and then the decision will be taken whether to put the boy back on a flight to the United Kingdom or whether he will be allowed to remain in the Netherlands, according to the Dublin Regulation which regulates requests for asylum. “We are satisfied that Mehdi’s case is receiving special attention,” continue Malini, Pegoraro and Picciau “thanks also to the great support received from Gay Asylum UK – which first reported Mehdi’s case to EveryOne -, the Non Violent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and Nessuno Tocchi Caino group, who offered their support right from the beginning. All the same, we consider it absolutely unworthy of a civilized country like Holland, that an innocent person is being held in custody in a detention centre like that of Zestienhoven (where episodes of intolerance and abuse of prisoners are frequent) in spite of being a victim of persecution.
EveryOne Group invites all the political and social forces to appeal through the Dutch Embassies throughout the world and through the Dutch Government for the release of the young man and his transfer to a safe place where he can receive adequate assistance while he awaits the judge’s decision.
The Non Violent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and Nessuno Tocchi Caino association, together with EveryOne are also making an urgent appeal to the Italian Foreign Office and the Dutch authorities to stop Mehdi being handed over to the British authorities who, according to a bureaucratic procedure that is difficult to modify, would immediately expel him to Iran, where he would be put to death for his homosexuality. In Iran in 2006, Mehdi’s former partner, Parham, was executed after being tortured, and after revealing the names of the boys he had had sexual relations with.
We are asking for the application of the Dublin Regulation concerning asylum and the European Parliament Directive 2004/83/CE on the recognition of refugee status for people in need of international protection, which must be applied by all the Member States of the European Union.
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