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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.
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Gay refugees face prejudice across the world
15th April 2008 18:20
Biplob Hossain, a gay refugee from Bangladesh who is seeking asylum in Australia, and Joaquin Ramirez, facing deportation to El Salvador, have highlighted the plight of gay men who flee their countries to escape persecution.
Mr Hossain, 25, moved to Australia on a student visa when he was 19.
He applied for asylum on the basis that he would suffer persecution in Bangladesh. He was placed in a detention centre for 29 months.
After three rejections by the Refugee Review Tribunal and a failed High Court bid, Mr Hossain is hoping for a personal intervention from the Minister for Immigration, Senator Chris Evans.
He was released from Villawood Detention Centre in October 2006, but is not allowed to work or collect social security benefits.
Sandi Logan, a spokesperson for the Immigration Department, told Australian SX News:
“A person’s sexual orientation does not of itself enable that person to be granted asylum.”
“We provide protection for asylum seekers under the UN definition of a refugee, under the Convention 67 protocol, which doesn’t include their sexual orientation or their fears of persecution associated with that orientation.”
Bangladeshi law states that gay sex acts are illegal and will be punished with deportation, fines and life imprisonment.
The national law itself is rarely directly enforced however there have been numerous reports of incidents of vigilantism.
People suspected of homosexuality have also been sentenced to death by a fatwa.
Meanwhile, in Canada, a gay man is facing deportation to his native El Salvador where he claims that three police officers who raped him are now out to kill him.
Joaquin Ramirez, a 39-year-old HIV-positive man said the accused perpetrators have visited his family and threatened to kill him because he infected them with the HIV virus.
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board doubted Mr Ramirez’s claims, asking why he did not seek legal support in his own country when the incident occurred.
Mr Ramirez told Canadian newspaper The Star:
“How could I go to the same people and ask them to protect me when it’s those people who did this to me?”
Mr Ramirez worked as a volunteer outreach worker with the Young Men’s Christian Association and the Salvadoran Network of People Living with HIV.
He said he was picked on by three drunken officers at a restaurant in 2006 and driven to a plantation field where he was allegedly beaten and raped.
Five months later he claims a stranger called his sister and threatened to kill him for infecting them with the virus.
The refugee didn’t believe Ramirez left El Salvador because of the alleged assault as he had already planned to leave in November 2005.
The two stories come just weeks after the much published case of Iranian asylum seeker Mehdi Kazemi.
Mr Kazemi came to London in 2005 to study English but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by the Iranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged.
The UK rejected his first asylum plea, but Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has now granted him a temporary reprieve from deportation while she reconsiders his case.
In 76 countries people face jail for having gay sex.
Homosexual acts officially carry the death penalty in several nations including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, northern Nigeria, Sudan, and Yemen.
In many Muslim countries, such as Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria and the Maldives, homosexuality is punished with jail time, fines, or corporal punishment.
In Egypt, openly gay men have been prosecuted under general public morality laws.
Some liberal Muslims, such as the members of the Al-Fatiha Foundation, accept and consider homosexuality as natural pointing out that the Qu’ran speaks out against homosexual lust, and is silent on homosexual love.
However, this position remains highly controversial even amongst liberal movements within Islam, and is considered beyond the pale by mainstream Islam.
The UK is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which means that it has a responsibility under international law not to return refugees to a place where they would face persecution.
Par Antonin Sabot | Etudiant en journalisme | 15/04/2008 | 16H04
Le fichier informatique Ardoise permettra de préciser si une victime, un témoin ou un suspect est homosexuel, SDF, syndicaliste…
Pas encore en service, le prochain système d’exploitation des données de la Police, baptisé Ardoise fait déjà débat. Recueillant les informations lors des enquêtes de police et de gendarmerie, il devrait remplacer les actuels logiciels Stic et Judix. Lundi 14 avril, le Collectif contre l’homophobie (CCH), basé à Montpellier, a saisi la la Haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations (Halde) et la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil) pour s’opposer à sa mise en oeuvre. L’association dénonce un recueil abusif de données à caractère personnel par ce logiciel.
Lorsque les fonctionnaires rempliront le ficher Ardoise, une fenêtre s’ouvrira leur demandant de spécifier “l’état de la personne”. Etat qui pourra contenir des données personnelles comme savoir si elle est homosexuelle, handicapée ou représentante syndicale; quel que soit son rapport avec l’affaire en cours, simple témoin, victime ou suspecte.
Averti par des fonctionnaires de police en formation sur Ardoise, le Collectif contre l’homophobie s’inquiète de la possibilité de création de fichiers catégoriels. Pour l’association, la police doit qualifier des faits et non pas “profiler des personnes”. “Rien n’exclut qu’ici où là quelqu’un fasse des extractions des données”, explique Hussein Bourgi président du CCH:
De son côté, le ministère de l’Intérieur joue l’apaisement. Selon lui, les fichiers Ardoise ne contiendront pas d’informations qui ne figuraient pas déjà dans le logiciel Stic employé jusqu’à aujourd’hui. En effet, ces fichiers contiennent bien une entrée “état de la personne”, mais qui n’était remplie que pour la victime et le suspect. Ardoise ne serait qu’une modernisation des précédents logiciels et permettrait l’unification des données détenues par la gendarmerie et la police.
Le porte-parole du ministère, Gérard Gachet, fait valoir que “lors d’une affaire avec des circonstances aggravantes comme une agression de personne homosexuelle, il faut bien que ces renseignements apparaissent quelque part”. Mais ce type d’information n’apparaît pas lorsque la personne est hétérosexuelle fait valoir le CCH. Ces informations doivent aussi aider les enquêteurs à résoudre certaines affaires et elles ne seront d’ailleurs renseignées que si elles ont un lien avec l’affaire assure le ministère: “Un avertissement clair sera affiché à ce propos.” Argument qui ne convainc pas Hussein Bourgi:
Quant à la date d’entrée en vigueur de ce système d’exploitation, le porte-parole du ministère avoue qu’il “ne sait pas” lui-même quand elle aura lieu. Elle devait intervenir au second semestre 2008, mais les tests (à Ecully, en région Lyonnaise) et les formations ne sont pas encore finies. De plus le logiciel devra être validé par la Cnil avant d’être installé.
11th January 2008 12:50
PinkNews.co.uk staff writer
The Socialist mayor of Paris has been given increased police protection after US security services informed their French counterparts that he might be attacked by terrorists.
While monitoring internet traffic related to Al-Qaeda the CIA discovered that Bertrand Delanoe was listed as a target.
As mayor of France’s biggest city, he is the most prominent gay politician in the country.
“I am calm. I have the information I need and I have complete confidence in the work of police headquarters vis-a-vis security problems in general, terrorism in particular and finally the protection of the mayor of Paris,” Mr Delanoe said on TV station iTele.
A police spokesman confirmed that the mayor was being given more security and stressed that the threat did not come directly from the terrorist organisation.
Mr Delanoe is running for a second seven-year term as mayor of Paris in March and he is viewed as a potential 2012 presidential candidate for the Socialists.
He enjoys solid approval ratings in the French capital following the success of various pet projects he pushed through a troublesome Green/Socialist alliance at city hall.
Despite his party’s defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy in last year’s parliamentary elections, the Socialists made significant gains in Paris, winning 13 out of 21 districts.
This result sparked rumours of a future presidential bid.
Mr Delanoe’s ‘Paris Plage’ project, in which he oversaw the creation of a man-made beach on the banks of the Seine, was an unexpected success and continues to draw substantial crowds in the summer months.
His attempted assassination in October 2002 did no harm to his popularity either.
What does it mean when your very existence is criminalized? When you can be sentenced to death or prison just for being yourself? When stepping outside your house makes you a target for violence or for being picked up by police? While these scenarios might initially seem to be the stuff of Kafkaesque fantasy, in many parts of the world they constitute the daily reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people—a reality that is brutal and relentless—and worthy of attention on this International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2007.
Many of us responded with disbelief last September when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that there were no gay people in his country. But the Iranian President’s words betray a twisted truth. While there are plenty of LGBT Iranians, there is no public, visible gay presence in Iran. Because the penalty for same-sex conduct between men in Iran is death, gay life in Iran remains hidden, under threat of extermination. The execution just last week of Makvan Mouloodzadeh, a 21-year-old Iranian man accused of having sex with other young boys when he was 13 years old makes this point excruciatingly clear.
In other words, when your existence is criminalized, your human rights are compromised. Your rights to life, liberty and security of the person are eviscerated. Your privacy is a chimera. You don’t count.
And of course, this doesn’t just happen in Iran. More than 75 countries worldwide—from Afganistan to Zimbabwe, and from Sri Lanka to the Solomon Islands—still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships. Many of these laws are vestiges of colonial attempts to “civilize the savages.” In all countries, these laws are strictly oppositional to modern standards of human rights and respect for individual choice with regard to family, sexuality and relationships.
In Nigeria, homosexual acts can be punished by 14 years of imprisonment. And the situation for LGBT people in that country is grim. An activist living in northwest Nigeria says that she has “worked on a case of a transgender person who was picked up by police simply for being transgender… [and] helped a girl who was perceived by the community to be gay. She was beaten, raped and left unconscious.” In Nigeria, being gay means contending with a stark choice: hide who you are or become a target for violence and abuse.
Cameroon is another country where LGBT individuals experience consistent and severe human rights violations. Here more than 13 people have recently been detained under an article of the penal code that prohibits consensual same-sex sexual relationships between adults. On International Human Rights Day, various human rights organizations will stage demonstrations outside Cameroonian embassies in Paris, Pretoria and Washington, D.C., to protest that country’s treatment of LGBT citizens and those who stand in solidarity with them.
When your existence is criminalized, it is important that others stand in solidarity with you—both to protest injustice and to fight for a better world, one where people are treated with dignity, not distain.
International Human Rights Day marks the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This central global human rights principle states that, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” This year, International Human Rights Day also marks the start of Dignity and Justice for All, a yearlong United Nations campaign designed to emphasize the universality of human rights—a universality that has often felt lacking to LGBT communities.
Dignity and respect for LGBT people must start with each country abolishing laws that criminalize consensual relations between two men or two women. Without freedom from criminalization, all other freedoms for LGBT people are compromised. We must call on each nation to show their belief in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by repealing laws that are so clearly an affront to dignity and respect.
African and European LGBT organizations call on all States to fight homophobia and to adopt the Yogyakarta Principles.
On occasion of the Summit which will gather heads of states from the European Union and from Africa on December 8 and 9 in Lisbon, ILGA, Pan Africa ILGA and ILGA Europe join Solidarité Internationale LGBT to issue the following press release aimed at protesting against State Sponsored Homophobia on the African continent.
We invite LGBT groups from Europe and Africa as well as international NGOs to sign this statement. Please send your agreement to email@example.com
Les associations LGBT africaines et européennes demandent à tous les États de combattre l’homophobie et d’adopter les Principes de Jogjakarta.
Chères amies, chers amis,
A l’occasion du sommet qui réunira les chefs d’Etats de l’Union européenne et d’Afrique à Lisbonne les 8 et 9 Décembre prochains, ILGA, Pan Africa ILGA et ILGA Europe s’unissent à Solidarité Internationale LGBT pour diffuser le communiqué de presse ci-joint qui vise à protester contre l’homophobie d’état sur le continent africain.
Nous invitons les groupes LGBT d’Europe et d’Afrique ainsi que les ONGs internationales à signer cette déclaration. Envoyez votre accord à firstname.lastname@example.org
Philipp Braun & Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
ILGA International Lesbian and Gay Association
Danilo Da Silva & Linda Baumann
Pan Africa ILGA
Solidarité Internationale LGBT / Inter-LGBT
UNITED NATIONS NATIONS UNIES, The Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon
MESSAGE ON WORLD AIDS DAY, 1 December 2007
The theme of this World AIDS Day is leadership. Without it, we will never get ahead of the epidemic. AIDS is a disease unlike any other. It is a social issue, a human rights issue, an economic issue. It targets young adults just as they should be contributing to economic development, intellectual growth, and bringing up young children. It is taking a disproportionate toll on women. It has made millions of children orphans. It does to society what HIV does to the human body — reduces resilience and weakens capacity, hampers development and threatens stability. This does not need to happen. We have the means to prevent young adults from becoming infected. We have the means to treat those who are infected. We have the means to provide care and support. We have made tangible and remarkable progress on all these fronts. But we must do more. Although new data shows that global HIV prevalence has levelled off, the numbers are still staggering. It is our crucial mission to ensure that everyone can access HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. This includes migrants, sex workers, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men. It includes people who work in Government, banks, legal offices, schools, and international organizations. It includes all people — wherever they live, whatever they do. Overcoming stigma remains one of our biggest challenges. It is still the single biggest barrier to public action on AIDS. It is one of the reasons why the epidemic continues to wreak its devastation around the world Today, I call for renewed leadership in eradicating stigma associated with HIV. I applaud the brave individuals who live openly with HIV, who advocate tirelessly for the rights of the HIV-positive, who educate others about AIDS. I call for leadership among Governments in fully understanding the epidemic, so that resources go where they are most needed. And I call for leadership at all levels to step up the work to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010 — as pledged by all Governments last year. We have only two years left until that target date. We need to show leadership now.
As Secretary General, I am determined to lead the United Nations family in this endeavour — to ensure that we prioritize action on AIDS, to encourage Member States to keep the issue high on national and international agendas, and to work to make the UN a model of how the workplace should respond to AIDS. Whatever our role in life, wherever we may live, in some way or another, we all live with HIV. We are all affected by it. We all need to take responsibility for the response. On this World AIDS Day, let us show the leadership required to live up to that responsibility.
ACT UP-PARIS :
A l’occasion de la journée mondiale de lutte contre le sida, Act Up-Paris investit la place Vendôme pour y déployer une dizaine de banderoles qui ont marqué son histoire et qui rappellent la réalité de la pandémie : « Sida : la précarité tue », « Malades expulsés, malades assassinés », « Combattez le sida, pas les sidéens », « The world is burning », etc.
Alors que l’annonce des données épidémiologiques pourraient donner l’impression que la pandémie marque le pas , nous entendons rappeler qu’il n’en est rien :
Dans le monde :
Le sida est la première cause de mortalité en Afrique. 95 % des personnes vivant avec le VIH vont mourir dans les 7 prochaines années si elles n’ont accès à aucun traitement. Les pays riches, la France en premier, reviennent sur leurs promesses d’assurer un accès universel aux soins contre le sida.
En France : Les personnes séropositives n’ont jamais été aussi nombreuses. Les femmes sont de plus en plus touchées. Les contaminations explosent chez les gays. Les étrangErEs malades voient leurs droits disparaître. Les ravages du sida chez les trans ou en prison ne suscitent aucune réaction politique adéquate. La prévention à l’école est au point mort. La remise en cause de la politique de réduction des risques menace les usagErEs de drogues.
Le sida progresse. Il nous expose à des stigmatisations et des discriminations. Il nous rend plus précaires. Et alors que nous avons besoin de soutien et de solidarité, Nicolas Sarkozy et Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin ont mis en place un nouvel impôt sur notre état de santé, et ne cessent de nous insulter en traitant les personnes gravement malades d’irresponsables.
Nous vivons avec le VIH. Nous luttons contre le sida. Gays, trans, lesbiennes, bi, hétéros, femmes, hommes, droguéEs, prostituéEs, nous sommes en première ligne du combat contre la maladie. Personne, aujourd’hui, ne peut dire que le sida marque le pas.
Plus que jamais, nous avons besoin d’une politique courageuse de lutte contre la pandémie qui impose la santé et les droits de chacunE comme de réelles priorités. La politique menée aujourd’hui est en totale contradiction avec les impératifs de la lutte contre le sida. Nous sommes en danger.
France seeks to enforce deportation quotas for illegal aliens by Elizabeth Bryant, San Francisco Chronicle
It is not yet fortress France, but the welcome mat is vanishing for immigrants as lawmakers debate tougher legislation and the center-right government of President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to enforce deportation quotas for illegal aliens. The National Assembly passed a bill Thursday requiring would-be immigrants to take language and cultural values examinations. Controversial clauses in the legislation would introduce voluntary DNA testing and legalize gathering data based on race and ethnicity.
The legislation must be debated in the French Senate, but groups ranging from leftist politicians and immigration rights activists to police unions worry about enforcing stricter enforcement rules, and the Vatican is criticizing DNA testing.
“The desire to go to Europe is very strong,” said Catherine de Wenden, an immigration expert at the National Center for Scientific Research, a Paris think tank. “And the tougher the policy, the more likely it will lead to illegal immigration.”
Nearly 5 million immigrants live in France, accounting for about 8 percent of the nation’s 63 million inhabitants, according to the National Statistics Institute. The figure does not account for the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa. On Tuesday, several hundred protesters gathered in front of the National Assembly, waving banners denouncing Sarkozy and the new legislation.
“France has a tradition of immigration – it’s part of its wealth,” said Majid Messoudene, a 31-year-old Algerian from the Paris suburb of St. Denis, whose residents include a preponderance of immigrants. “Whether the government likes it or not, we’ll remain a country of immigration. And we’ll help the illegals and prevent deportations as much as possible.”
Prominent French scientists say DNA testing to determine whether foreigners applying for visas are actually related to family members they seek to join in France is unethical and illegal. Immigration activists such as Mouloud Aounit suggest the legislation reflects a “xenophobic” government.
“We can’t have immigration legislation that threatens fundamental liberties,” said Aounit, head of Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between People, a Paris-based anti-discrimination group.
But supporters argue that France needs to set immigration limits to preserve its economy and national identity.
“A responsible management of migratory flows appears the only possible policy,” Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux told parliament, as he described the country’s current integration model as a failure.
Even members of Sarkozy’s own government – including Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who has said illegal immigrants should be expelled on a case-by-case basis – have voiced reservations about the new legislation.
Still, the bill makes good on Sarkozy’s campaign promises for “chosen immigration,” favoring skilled workers who fill critical labor gaps.
“Only 7 percent of immigration today is work-related. How can people integrate in France if they don’t have work?” he said Thursday on French television.
Sarkozy, the hard-driving former interior minister – and the son of a Hungarian immigrant – helped push through two previous laws hardening the country’s immigration policy. Last year, he created much controversy by deporting illegal immigrant students – and he cracked down on rioting youths in 2005, many of whom were of Arab and African extraction.
Just this year, Sarkozy has set deportation quotas for illegal residents – 25,000 in 2007; it was 15,000 in 2004 – and his immigration minister chastised regional governors last week for failing to meet them.
But the president has also championed affirmative action – what he calls “positive discrimination” – in jobs and education.
And his new government is striking in its ethnic diversity, starting with Justice Minister Rachida Dati, the daughter of North African immigrants.
Sarkozy’s policies have played well among many French – as did the slogan he once borrowed from far-right nationalist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen: “France, love it or leave it.”
A survey published Tuesday in Le Figaro indicated that 74 percent of those polled favor immigration quotas. Most also support French-language requirements for would-be immigrants and oppose blanket conformance to law, rules or custom by illegal immigrants, according to the OpinionWay poll.
France’s strict approach is reflected elsewhere in Europe, where many countries are requiring language testing and attempting to entice qualified foreign workers.
But some economists say Europe needs unskilled workers, given the decline in birth rates and the graying of the continent. An International Monetary Fund report says the fastest-growing segment of the population is older than 80. And studies by the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration show that immigrants typically work in occupations shunned by Europeans.
But such arguments aren’t why civil servant Vincent Strobel adamantly opposes his government’s immigration policy.
“They (immigrants) should have full rights and participate fully in the construction of this country,” said Strobel as he passed out flyers against the new legislation in front of the National Assembly.
See also : Alfoussène, 9 ans, en voie d’être expulsé seul vers le Mali où il n’a aucune famille
La France nous oblige à partir vers la mort : The travel of Yekaterina et Vladimir Popov toward death :
«La France nous oblige à partir vers la mort, c’est sûr à cent pour cent. Encore plus depuis que la préfecture des Ardennes a fait faire une enquête auprès de la police du Kazakhstan, le KNB, ancien KGB.
Tout le monde peut comprendre qu’il est impossible pour nous de rentrer sans danger au Kazakhstan, où les Russes qui restent sont déjà très brimés.
Véronique et Geoffrey, nos deux enfants aussi trouveront la mort là-bas, et quelle mort ! Quand les gendarmes sont venus nous chercher, j’ai voulu laisser mes enfants à ma mère ; ils m’ont dit non, les enfants viennent avec vous.
Si on nous embarquait de force, qu’on ait au moins pitié de nos enfants, qu’ils soient confiés à ma mère.»
Michael Petrelis Page on the subject
Act Up-Paris zappe le ministère de l’immigration
France worried about shortfall in deportation of illegals
PARIS, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) – France’s immigration minister summoned some 20 local government heads for a meeting on Wednesday to demand that they step up deportations of illegal migrants. Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux called in “prefects who must improve their figures when it comes to border exits,” said a ministry spokesman. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who won election in May on a platform that called for tightening controls on immigration, has set a target of 25,000 deportations for 2007. But fewer than 9,000 illegal migrants were deported in the first five months of the year, according to Hortefeux, who said this week that he was nevertheless confident of reaching the target. The shortfall followed the entry of Romania and Bulgaria in the European Union, complicating the deportation process of Roma who used to make up about 30 percent of all illegal foreigners deported from France. Between 200,000 and 400,000 illegal foreigners are currently living in France. French authorities recently faced harsh criticism over deportations after a 12-year-old Russian boy was seriously injured falling from the fourth floor of a building during an attempt by the family of illegal migrants to avert arrest. Amnesty International and other rights groups have protested against the government campaign to meet deportation quotas and the policy is raising objections from other quarters. A group of Air France pilot and steward unions in July asked for an end to the use of the airline’s planes for deportations, saying the expulsions can pose a security risk and cause disturbance. Hortefeux is due to present to parliament next week a new bill that tightens the rules under which foreigners can join family members in France. The bill stipulates that they must pass a French language test and that a foreigner living in France must show that he has the means to support family members. The opposition Socialist Party has said that it will vote against the bill, accusing the government of violating “the fundamental right to live as a family”. “This bill will deprive French nationals who are legal residents on French territory of their fundamental right to live as a family, just because they married a foreigner,” said Socialist MP George-Pau Langevin.