And the British government want to send a failed asylum seeker back to Cameroon, because though accepting he is Gay, denies any homophobic persecution in Cameroon.Then , pray tell what is this?
Omar, yes. Its unrefutable evidence that homophobia is at the root of all this, but there will be some who post here (the apologists) who will agree with it, sad commentary. The treatment they receive in these detention centers is also in violation of human rights. Peter Tatchell has been involved with a lot of these cases. Its absolutely horrific and a stain on our national character and standing in the world. We could and should do a lot better than this.
Omar, thought you’d be interested in the latest from Iran. Sending people back to regimes such as this based on their sexual orientation is another reason why asylym cases such as these should be granted swift approval to remain in the UK.
Robert, I am aware of Peter Tatchell work, as he sends quite a few clients my way. Unfortunately, we all are not permitted to speak in court, or to represent the client, merely to help them prepare their case. The London based Lesbian and Gay Asylum Team are inundated with fast track cases and going into detention Centres. Every case at the moment is an emergency so they are fully booked up until February with cases and thus unable to take any new referrals. Unfortunately The Home Office rejects asylum application on the grounds that they cannot prove they are gay nor can they provide any evidence of persecution, to themselves as individuals and not as the community in general.The Home office appears to argue that though homosexuality is illegal in Iran / or the relevant country, they should be able to conduct their private life safely as long as they are discreet. That to say that the asylum seeker would face no persecution at home if they were discreet is tantamount to arguing that Holocaust victim Anne Frank was safe from Nazis in World War II as long as she continued to hide in an attic.Thank you for your link, and though was aware of it was much appreciated, and again something that the Home Office refuses to acknowledge for the aforementioned reasoning.
Omar, its a disgusting situation. Imagine a heterosexual having to prove his or her sexual orientation in the same situation. This is utter madness and it makes our government complicit in sending people to jail, torture or execution. The Home Office is dead wrong though. Being discreet in any islamic society doesn’t guarantee your freedom because there is no freedom in Iran or elsewhere in that part of the world, and there is no democracy either, not even in Iraq. The mere mention or suspicion lands you in jail facing torture, reparative therapy and possible execution. I’m so disgusted with it all.
Robert:This is Iran, where one is free as “they have Parks”.Iranian Regime Today! Iran is Paradise…
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