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Norway threatens to deport Asghar Hedayati to Iran. Please stop his deportation
Thursday, January 28, 2010, by EveryOne Group

A letter to His Majesty The King Harald V of Norway , the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the Chief Justice Topre Schei, the minister of Justice Knut Storberget, the Immigration Appeals Board of Norway – Utlendingsnemnda and the Norwegian Ministers and Parliamentarians.

28th Jan 2010

His Majesty The King Harald V the King Of Norway
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Minister of Justice Knut Storberget
The Immigration Appeals Board of Norway
Honorable Norwegian Ministers and Parliamentarians

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The European Parliament
The European Commission

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Your Majesty,
Honorable Sirs,

we are contacting you to request your assistance on a very urgent case involving Asghar Hedayati a gay Iranian, who is currently in Norway. We received some information about him through the IRanian Railroad for Queer Refugees, based in Toronto, Canada.

Asghar Hedayati is a citizen of Iran, with case number DUF 2003 046 114 08. He escaped Iran in 2003 because of his well-known fear of persecution on basis of his sexual orientation. He applied for asylum in August 2003, but the Norwegian Government unfortunately denied his asylum status for several times and he is now at risk for deportation.

His asylum judge said that he can live in Iran if does not ‘come out’, which is against fundamental human rights. We would like to express our deep concern about his situation, as he will experience imprisonment, torture, and even execution upon his forced return to Iran.

We are urging you to reconsider this case under the spirit of respect for human rights and we are requesting you to grant Iranian queer refugees the full state of asylum in Norway because there a lot of evidence that Iranian queers in Iran are threatened because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Yours sincerely,

Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro,
Dario Picciau, Glenys Robinson
EveryOne Group

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ARDHIS + INTER LGBT + ACT UP PARIS + SOS HOMOPHOBIE

TsaïCommuniqué de presse inter associatif
Paris, le 5 novembre 2009

Deux homos menacés d’une expulsion imminente : la France doit leur assurer protection et leur permettre de faire valoir leurs droits à l’asile ou au séjour !

L’Ardhis, SOS homophobie, Act Up-Paris et l’Inter-LGBT demandent l’annulation des procédures d’expulsion et la régularisation de leur situation administrative.

Merlin, Camerounais de 30 ans fuyant les persécutions homophobes dont il était la cible, a été arrêté à Hendaye, tout juste une heure après avoir passé la frontière, et ce après un périple de plusieurs mois à travers l’Afrique et l’Espagne. Il envisageait de construire une nouvelle vie ici en France, un pays où il serait protégé ! Mais son dessein s’effondre. Son destin, s’il retourne dans son pays, est particulièrement sombre : au Cameroun, les actes homosexuels sont punissables d’un emprisonnement d’un à cinq ans et d’une amende de 20 000 à 200 000 francs CFA. Des arrestations et condamnations sont régulièrement prononcées au nom de cet article. Par ailleurs, la stigmatisation sociale et le chantage sont courants.

Nos associations rappellent que conformément à l’article 6 de la directive 2004/83/CE, le statut de réfugié, au titre de l’asile conventionnel ou de la protection subsidiaire, doit être accordé aux personnes LGBT ayant été ou risquant d’être persécutées par les pouvoirs publics de leur pays d’origine, ou par quelque autre acteur non étatique.

Dans le même centre de rétention se trouve Tsaï1, chinois de 37 ans, diplômé de lettres françaises et de gestion des entreprises à l’université de Nantes. Il est aujourd’hui professeur de chinois ; et vit en couple depuis huit ans à Pantin (93) avec un Français, Jean-Paul Marlet. Dans la suite de ses études de gestion, Tsaï travaillait en CDI pour une entreprise d’import-export de la région parisienne, mais son employeur a été « contraint » de le licencier parce qu’il ne s’était pas vu attribuer un titre de séjour « Salarié » après l’expiration de son titre de séjour « Etudiant », alors même que l’employeur le soutenait dans ses démarches. Il est ainsi entré dans l’irrégularité et est depuis obligé de travailler « au noir » pour gagner sa vie. Entre 2000 et ce jour, Monsieur Tsaï a ainsi établi sa vie privée et familiale sur notre sol et il exerce une activités prfessionnelle stable. Son retour forcé serait préjudiciable, tant pour lui que pour ses proches. Il a passé 10 ans de sa vie en France et sa vie est bien ici !

Pour chacun d’entre eux, l’expulsion vers leur pays d’origine les expose à la haine, aux persécutions, à des peines de prison du fait de leur homosexualité, qui détruirait la nouvelle vie qu’ils s’étaient employés à bâtir.

Nous rappelons qu’il est ordinairement difficile de faire la preuve rapide de persécutions ou de rejets subis dans son pays d’origine et que l’orientation sexuelle n’est pas quelque chose qui se « démontre » de façon évidente. Chaque situation nationale demande un travail d’information lent et difficile, afin de mettre à jour l’importance des risques encourus par les personnes homosexuelles ou transgenres. Pendant ce temps, des solutions d’accueil provisoire doivent être trouvées, de façon à fournir aux demandeurs d’asile et aux associations qui les accompagnent le temps de préparer des dossiers circonstanciés.

En décembre 2008, le gouvernement français, à l’instar de Rama Yade, alors secrétaire d’État des Droits de l’homme, a fait voter la dépénalisation de l’homosexualité et de l’identité de genre à l’Organisation des Nations Unies. Au regard de cette initiative, relevant de la lutte contre l’homophobie à un niveau international, nous attendons, pour le moins, que ce même gouvernement accorde le droit d’asile en France à des LGBT persécutés dans leur pays d’origine.

L’Ardhis, SOS homophobie, Act Up-Paris et l’Inter-LGBT demandent donc aujourd’hui la libération de Merlin et de Tsaï et ce :

* afin que la demande d’asile déposée par Merlin puisse être instruite sans urgence et qu’un éventuel recours devant la Cour Nationale du Droit d’Asile puisse être effectivement examiné
* afin que Tsaï puisse demander une régularisation de situation administrative arguant de sa situation de compagnon d’un Français depuis plus de 7 ans et qu’il fait preuve à ce jour de plus de 10 ans de présence sur notre territoire

Contacts Presse:

Audrey Grelombe pour Act Up Paris: 0625479136

audreygrelombe@yahoo.fr

Bartholomé Girard pour SOS Homophobie: 0628320250

bartholome.girard@sos-homophobie.org

Philippe Castel pour Inter LGBT: 0625768192

philippe.castel@inter-lgbt.org

Thomas Fouquet-Lapar pour Ardhis : 0619640391

ardhis@hotmail.fr

www.ardhis.org

www.actupparis.org

www.inter-lgbt.org

www.sos-homophobie.org

Nous appelons toutes personnes, physiques ou morales, à solliciter le préfet des Pyrénées Atlantiques (64). Les associations peuvent aussi écrire directement au ministère et à l’Elysée (demander nous les contacts : ardhis@hotmail.fr).

Une lettre-type vous est proposée:

Monsieur le Préfet,

Vous avez engagé deux procédures d’éloignement envers un ressortissant chinois et un ressortissant camerounais, sous les références d’Aprf suivantes: 09-64-00368 et 09-64-00371. Nous vous alertons que ces ressortissants étrangers sont des personnes vulnérables et qu’il est urgent que notre pays leur assure protection.

Merlin (prénom d’emprunt), Camerounais de 30 ans fuyant les persécutions homophobes dont il était la cible, a été arrêté à Hendaye, tout juste une heure après avoir passé la frontière et ce après un périple de plusieurs mois à travers l’Afrique et l’Espagne. Il envisageait de construire une nouvelle vie ici en France, un pays où il serait protégé ! Mais son dessein s’effondre. Son destin, s’il retourne dans son pays, est particulièrement sombre : au Cameroun, les actes homosexuels sont punissables d’un emprisonnement d’un à cinq ans et d’une amende de 20 000 à 200 000 francs CFA. Des arrestations et condamnations sont régulièrement prononcées au nom de cet article. Par ailleurs, la stigmatisation sociale et le chantage sont courantes. Nos associations rappellent que conformément à l’article 6 de la directive 2004/83/CE, le statut de réfugié, au titre de l’asile conventionnel ou de la protection subsidiaire, doit être accordé aux personnes LGBT ayant été ou risquant d’être persécutées par les pouvoirs publics de leur pays d’origine, ou par quelque autre acteur non étatique.

Dans le même centre de rétention se trouve Tsaï (prénom d’emprunt), chinois de 37 ans, diplômé de lettres françaises et de gestion des entreprises à l’université de Nantes. Il est aujourd’hui professeur de chinois ; il vit en couple depuis huit ans à Pantin (93) avec un Français, Jean Paul Marlet.

Dans la suite de ses études de gestion, Tsaï travaillait en CDI pour une entreprise d’import-export de la région parisienne, mais son employeur a été « contraint » de le licencier parce qu’il ne s’était pas vu attribué par la préfecture un titre de séjour « Salarié » après l’expiration de son titre de séjour « Etudiant », alors même que l’employeur le soutenait dans ses démarches. Il est ainsi entré dans l’irrégularité et est depuis obligé de travailler “au noir” pour gagner sa vie. Entre 2000 et ce jour, Tsaï a ainsi établi sa vie privée et familiale sur notre sol et il a développé une activité professionnelle stable. Son retour forçé serait préjudiciable, tant pour lui que pour ses proches. Il a passé 10 ans de sa vie en France et sa vie est bien ici !.

Nous vous demandons donc instamment de bien vouloir libérer ces deux personnes et leur permettre ainsi de continuer leurs démarches administratives :

· afin que la demande d’asile déposée par Merlin puissent être instruite sans urgence et qu’un éventuel recours devant la Cour Nationale du Droit d’Asile puisse être effectivement examiné

· afin que Tsaï puisse demander une régularisation de situation administrative sur le motif de sa situation de compagnon d’un Français depuis plus de 7 anzs et qu’il fait preuve à ce jour de plus de 10 ans de présence sur notre territoire

Nos associations s’engagent à les accompagner dans leurs démarches

Nous vous remercions de votre bienveillance et nous vous prions de croire, monsieur le Préfet, en notre plus haute considération.

Où adresser la lettre ?

dominique.schmitt@gironde.pref.gouv.fr

prefet@gironde.pref.gouv.fr

guesdong@club-internet.fr

philippe.rey@pyrenees-atlantiques.pref.gouv.fr

pierre.larroque-laborde@pyrenees-atlantiques.pref.gouv.fr

Fax secrétariat du préfet : 05 59 98 26 44,

Fax du bureau des étrangers : 05 59 98 26 42

Pour obtenir de l’aide, ecrivez a: ardhis-help@ardhis.org

Montag, 5. Oktober 2009 (Photo Reuters)

Franco-British Charter to Kabul: The Odious Show Continues

By No Border 09 Lesvos

A Franco-britannique deportation “charter” is scheduled for October 6 flying to Kabul. While the humanitarian situation and security continue to deteriorate in Afghanistan, that there has more civilian casualties than ever, and NGOs such as the Secretary General of UN expressed particular concern about the situation, France and Great Britain are trying, as they did in November 2008 with a joint operation. Afghanistan is a country at war. It is unacceptable to refer those that have fled to seek protection in Europe.

In France the Minister of immigration is mocking the decision of different courts to release 130 OF the 138 Afghans who had been arrested on September 22, for their removal, with the spectacular closure of the the largest “jungle” in Calais.

These courts have highlighted the inanity of this media operation recalling the respect of the people rights and fundamental freedoms Several courts have cancelled the papers obliging the migrants to leave the French territory (APRF) with the motivation of the non respect of the right to claim asylum. The government has not remedied this.

The government remains locked in his rhetoric about the magnetic effect of the jungle, according to which Afghans, Eritreans, Iraqis, Iranians, Sudanese, etc.. don’t come to Europe to save their lives and their freedoms, but for reasons of pleasure and comfort. According to this rhetoric, the current raids are supposed to carry disincentive messages in the countries of origin. So it like this that the Afghans of Calais are being taken hostage to try to terrorize their fellow victims of violence in the country.

These “cleaning operation” are continuing as well as the placement of Afghans in detention .

The joint charters which are contrary to the principle of collective deportation. They are leading to arbtitrary discriminatory and inhuman practices , in defiance of peoples fundamental rights.

We call upon the French and the Britsh authorities to waive any project of deportation to Afghanistan which would seriously endanger the lives of the Exiles.

We reaffirm the urgency of making sense of asylum in Europe by providing a mechanism for all refugees to seek protection in the country of his/her choice. In the meantime, that France can and must suspend the application of the Dublin Regulation so it may host on its territory those who continue to flee conflict and take refuge in Europe.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Cimade Julie Chansel 06 82 24 03 47
julie.chansel@lacimade.org

Full Article

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Iranian will be butchered if he returns – Norris
By Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times

SEANAD REPORT: DAVID NORRIS (Ind) called for the reversing of a deportation order against a young Iranian man who, he said, would be butchered on return to his homeland.

This individual had left Iran, having been investigated and having openly acknowledged a sexual relationship with his male partner, he said.

“He has been served with a deportation order. What kind of people are running these services? Are they unaware, uniquely, because everybody else in Ireland knows, this man will be butchered, as was confirmed by the deputy Iranian foreign minister… last week.”

“He said ‘well, we are not going to do it from a crane on the back of a lorry, but we’re still going to do it’. What are we doing? Where is the accountability? I demand in the name of the Oireachtas that the practice of deporting someone in that condition should be ceased immediately.”

See also: “There Are No Gays in Iran”: But, Ireland’s Sending One Back!

Gay Holocaust memorial unveiled in Berlin – By Tony Grew, May 27, 2008 – Pink News

A memorial to the thousands of gay men who died in Nazi concentration camps will be officially dedicated today.

It is being constructed opposite the main Holocaust memorial for Jewish victims in Tiergarten Park in Berlin at a cost of 600,000 euros (£450,000).

The government agreed to the design earlier this year, four years after the memorial was agreed in principle.

Ingar Dragset and Michael Elmgreen have designed a grey concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video.

There will be a video which show either two men kissing, Berlin’s first memorial to the Nazi’s gay victims.

Its design echoes Peter Eisenman’s Berlin memorial to the Nazis’ Jewish victims, a vast field of more than 2,700 slabs.

The German parliament approved the construction of the memorial in December 2003.

Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were held in concentration camps by the Nazis as members of an “anti-social group.”

Historians estimate that 60% of them died while incarcerated.

After the war gay men were not recognised as victims of the Holocaust and many were re-imprisoned by the authorities because of the sexuality.

They were denied the reparations and state pensions available to other groups. In 2002 the German government formally pardoned homosexuals imprisoned by the Nazis.

As well as an estimated six million Jews, hundreds of thousands of Roma people died in Nazi concentration camps. A memorial to them will be constructed later this year.

See also:

Un bloc de béton en mémoire des déportés homosexuels, Libération
Paragraph 175
Albrecht Becker
Pierre Seel


Lille: Un homosexuel camerounais menacé d’expulsion, Têtu News
, par Habibou Bangré

Le Camerounais homosexuel Paul Patience Nguimbous, sans papier depuis 2005, pourrait être expulsé «sans délai» si l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (Ofpra) rejette la demande d’asile qu’il déposera lundi 26 mai, révèle à Têtu l’Association de reconnaissance des droits des personnes homosexuelles et transsexuelles à l’immigration et au séjour (Ardhis). Interpellé le 13 mai dans la région de Lille (Nord), Paul Patience Nguimbous est actuellement placé en rétention administrative au centre Lesquin de Lille.

Le tribunal administratif de Lille a rejeté mercredi 21 mai son recours visant à annuler un arrêté de reconduite à la frontière malgré les preuves de répression des homosexuels camerounais rapportées par divers associations et médias. L’Ardhis explique que le jeune homme de 29 ans, «inscrit au Parti socialiste», était arrivé dans l’Hexagone en 2001 pour ses études mais aussi pour vivre tranquillement son orientation sexuelle, passible de cinq ans de prison dans son pays.

Homosexual acts are banned in Cameroon, and are punishable with up to five years in jail according to Section 347 of the country’s penal code.

See also :

Mobilisons-nous pour Paul Patience Nguimbous
Francia, un omosessuale camerunese minacciato d’espulsione
LGBT rights in Cameroon


Conservative MEP John Bowis made the following powerful speech in the European Parliament in favour of the successful resolution supporting Mehdi and Pegah Emambakhsh.


Bruxelles: The European Parliament has approved with 60 votes (46 in favour, 2 against and 12 abstentions) an urgent resolution on the case of Seyed Mehdi Kazemi – the 19-year-old Iranian gay – member of EveryOne Group – who is about to be extradited from Holland to the United Kingdom. He risked immediate deportation from London to Teheran, where the death sentence awaits him because of his homosexuality.

SEE ALSO :
https://gayswithoutborders.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/irqo-update-on-mehdi-kazemi-case/

Full text of the European Parliament’s Resolution on Mehdi Kazemi’s case:

The European Parliament,

– having regard to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and in particular to Article 3 thereof, which prohibits the removal, expulsion or extradition of persons to countries where there is a serious risk that they would be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,

– having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and in particular to Articles 18 and 19 thereof on the right to asylum and on protection in the event of removal, expulsion or extradition respectively,

– having regard to the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the Status of Refugees,

– having regard to Council Directive 2004/83/EC on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted (Qualifications Directive) and to Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 on the criteria and mechanisms to determine the Member State responsible for assessing asylum applications (Dublin Regulation), as well as to other EU asylum instruments,

– having regard to the letter of 10 September 2007 from its President to the UK Prime Minister on the case of Pegah Emambakhsh, an Iranian lesbian who risked being sent back to Iran after her request for asylum was turned down,

– having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Mehdi Kazemi, a 19-year-old gay Iranian citizen, requested asylum in the United Kingdom and had his application turned down; whereas, fearing deportation, he fled to the Netherlands, where he applied for asylum; whereas Dutch authorities, after examining his request, have decided to send him back to the UK,

B. whereas UK authorities are now left with the final decision on his asylum application and possible deportation to Iran,

C. whereas Iranian authorities routinely detain, torture and execute persons, notably homosexuals; whereas Mehdi’s partner has already been executed, while his father has threatened him with death,

D. whereas in the similar case of Pegah Emambakhsh the UK authorities decided, after international pressure, not to deport her back to Iran, but whereas it is still not clear what her fate will be,

E. whereas the UK Prime Minister’s spokesperson, while not commenting on the case of Mehdi Kazemi, gave general assurances as to the conformity of UK asylum procedures with international commitments and to the possibility of appealing against asylum decisions to an independent judge, as well as to the fact that the authorities would not remove anyone who would be at risk on his or her return,

F. whereas more attention should be devoted to the proper application of EU asylum law in Member States as regards sexual orientation,

1. Expresses its serious concern regarding the fate of Mehdi Kazemi;

2. Asks for the proper and full application of the Qualifications Directive, which recognises persecution for sexual orientation as a ground for granting asylum and requires Member States to consider the individual case and the situation in the country of origin, including laws and regulations and the manner in which they are applied;

3. Believes that the EU and its Member States cannot apply European and national laws and procedures in a way which results in the expulsion of persons to a third country where they would risk persecution, torture and death, as this would amount to a violation of European and international human rights obligations;

4. Appeals to the Member states involved to find a common solution to ensure that Mehdi Kazemi is granted asylum or protection on EU soil and not sent back to Iran, where he would be executed, thus ensuring that Article 3 of the ECHR is fully respected by all European authorities and notably, in this case, by the UK; asks the Commission and the Council to fully cooperate with the Member States on this case;

5. Asks EU institutions and Member States to take action to prevent similar situations, in the future, through cooperation and EU guidelines to find solutions in similar cases; asks the Commission to monitor and evaluate the application of EU asylum law in Member States, and in particular as regards sexual orientation, and to report to the European Parliament; underlines the fact that the Commission has announced, for 2008, amendments to the Dublin Regulation and the Qualifications Directive which will address the issues raised in this resolution;

6. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the Member States, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Mehdi Kazemi.

Pink News, 14th March 2008 14:25
Lucy Durnin

Gay activists have told PinkNews.co.uk that the government need to reconsider the cases of other gay asylum seekers following the reprieve of Iranian teenager Mehdi Kazemi’s.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced yesterday that in the light of “new circumstances” gay Iranian Mehdi Kazemi should have his case reconsidered upon his return from the Netherlands, where he fled when his first application was denied.

The 19-year old, who has lived in Britain since 2005, was facing deportation and possible execution in Iran, where homosexuality is illegal.

Although the decision has been met with support, gay activists have warned that there are many similar cases which are being overlooked by the government.

Omar Kuddus, a gay rights activist who campaigned for Kazemi’s case, told PinkNews.co.uk:

“The British government has for once done the right thing and given this young man a chance and hope for his future.

“There is no question of the fate awaiting Madhi if he is deported back to Iran – execution, just for being gay.

“Homosexuality is not accepted and the state kills and punishes those guilty of being gay.

“To say that homosexuals are safe as long as they are discreet and live their lives in private, is to say that Anne Frank was safe from the Nazis in World War Two as long as she hid in her attic, there is no difference.

“Homosexuality shall never be acceptable in Iran as long as the Ayatollahs and Sharia law is in place.

“I am grateful that Mehdi can now make his case and establish the true dangers awaiting him in Iran.”

The Home Office said last week that even though homosexuality is illegal in Iran and homosexuals do experience discrimination, it does not believe that homosexuals are routinely persecuted purely on the basis of their sexuality.

Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner and member of gay rights group OutRage! believes that there are dozens of other gay asylum seekers whose cases the government are refusing to review.

Mr Tatchell said:

“The review of this case is welcome, but there are still many more which need to be reconsidered, including Pegah Emambakhsh and many other individuals who are fleeing violently homophobic countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Iraq, Zimbabwe and Palestine.

“The underlying problem is the government’s whole asylum system and the way it is rigged to fail as many applicants as possible, combined with the homophobic biases of the asylum process.

“Asylum staff and adjudicators are given no training on sexual orientation and there is no explicit official policy supporting the right of refugees to claim asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation.”

The growing public outcry over the issue prompted a response from the European Parliament and 60 MEPs signed a petition asking Gordon Brown to reverse the decision on Kazemi.

Liberal Democrat European justice spokeswoman Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP welcomed the change of heart by Jacqui Smith, but believes the decision should have been made sooner.

Baroness Ludford said: “This is a welcome move, even if it should have come voluntarily and without the need for so much pressure.

“We must not forget other gay Iranians fearing not only their liberty but their lives, such as Pegah Emambakhsh. They deserve justice too.”

Ms Ludford has written to the Home Secretary requesting a review of Pegah Emambakhsh, an Iranian lesbian who faces deportation after losing the latest round in her battle to be granted asylum.

Ms Emambakhsh, 40, who fled to Britain in 2005 after her girlfriend was sentenced to the death penalty, narrowly avoided deportation in August last year when her local MP Richard Caborn persuaded the government to allow her to stay while further avenues of appeal were explored.

Last month, however, the Court of Appeal turned down her application for permission for a full hearing and she now plans to apply for a judicial review at the High Court.

Galloway’s Iranian Propaganda? Anti-gay?
Sex abuse allegations – where’s the evidence?
Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend defamed.
LONDON, 13 March 2008
George Galloway MP is accused of mouthing “the propaganda of the Iranian dictatorship” after he claimed on the Channel 5 TV talk show The Wright Stuff this morning that the boyfriend of gay asylum seeker Mehdi Kazemi was executed for sex crimes (see full transcript below). The criticism comes from the gay human rights group, OutRage!. “We are calling on George Galloway to explain the source of his claim that Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend had committed sex crimes and this was the reason he was executed,” said OutRage! spokesperson, Brett Lock. Mr Galloway also denied that Iran executes homosexuals.
“Neither OutRage! nor any other human rights group has seen any evidence to suggest that Mr Kazemi’s partner was a rapist or sex-abuser.”
“George Galloway has made this claim. He should now produce the evidence.”
“This looks like the Iranian propaganda. The homophobic tyrants in Tehran frequently defame political, religious, and sexual dissidents with false claims of rape, alcoholism, drug-taking and hooliganism. But in this case, not even the Iranian authorities have made these allegations against Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend,” noted Mr Lock. “Furthermore, Mr Galloway’s claim that gay people are not executed in Iran is refuted by every reputable human rights body, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and gay people are often tortured to make confessions. They are hanged in public by the barbaric slow strangulation method which is deliberately designed to maximise and prolong the suffering of the victim,” said Mr Lock.

TRANSCRIPT:
GG: The Independent has a story about Peers calling upon the Home Secretary to halt the deportation of a gay Iranian. In part this is being used as part of the on-going propaganda against Iran. All the papers seem to imply that you get executed in Iran for being gay. That’s not true.
MW: His boyfriend was hung though, wasn’t he?
GG: Yes, but nor being gay. For uh, committing sex crimes, uh, against young men.
MW: Right…
GG: I mean, I’m against execution for any reason in any place, but it is important to avoid that propaganda.
MW: So you’re saying that his guy they want to deport should be deported because there is no risk of his sexuality.. or he shouldn’t be deported because there is at risk?
GG: He should not be deported not least because after all this Iranian propaganda he will be accused of being the source, or one of the sources. It would be ridiculous to deport him, and I don’t think he will be deported now.
For further information: Brett Lock – Peter Tatchell

preview_16x16.png SIGN THE PETITION HERE