The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to review the deportation of a gay Iranian, Mehdi Kazemi, 19, whose family say he faces execution if he is sent home to Iran , where his former boyfriend was hanged. The decision follows a campaign by gay rights activists across Europe, culminating in a letter to Smith signed by 80 peers, including Lord Woolf, the former lord chief justice, Lady Boothroyd, the former Commons speaker, and Lord Ashdown. The peers said that as Kazemi's former partner had been executed, there was no doubt he would be persecuted and possibly face execution if forced to return. Kazemi's first application for refugee status was rejected, but Smith has granted him a temporary reprieve from deportation while she reviews his case. After Kazemi's application was rejected by Britain last year, he fled to the Netherlands, but also lost a legal battle there to have a claim for asylum heard.
Iran charges famous Kurdish singer Mohsen Lorestani with being gay, faces execution
Iran charges famous Kurdish singer with being gay, faces execution
March 7, an Iranian lesbian who fled to Britain after her girlfriend was arrested and sentenced to death faces being forcibly returned after losing the latest round in her battle to be granted asylum. The case of Pegah Emambakhsh, 40, comes a day after the growing public outcry over the plight of a gay Iranian teenager who fears he will be executed if he is deported to Iran. Both cases have provoked international protests against Britain and led to calls for an immediate moratorium on the deportation of gay and lesbian asylum-seekers who fear they will be persecuted in Iran. Gay rights group claim there are dozens more cases of gay and lesbian asylum-seekers living in Britain in fear of persecution and facing harsh punishments if forced to return to Iran.
Gay teenager faces return to Iran after Dutch ruling
He says he learned of his undocumented status in high school, which is also when he first began identifying as a gay man. I didn't know what 'gay' meant. I didn't understand the gap. Abdollahi is now facing that "gap" head on, with the looming prospect of deportation to Iran where homosexuality is a capital crime. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities after a protest in May, and his removal proceedings are scheduled to commence later this summer.
An Iranian caught twice illegally entering Kent on small inflatable boats has today been jailed for people smuggling. Nima Bari denied piloting both vessels across the English Channel however, a jury this week found him guilty on one count of people smuggling. The year-old was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court for three years for assisting unlawful immigration. Bari and 11 others - with just three wearing life jackets - embarked on the perilous mile journey, in freezing conditions, during the evening of January 4 last year. The men, all identifying as Iranian nationals, were escorted to Dover for processing - Bari was soon returned to the French authorities.