“I strongly welcome the decision to allow Mr Bagherian to remain in Cyprus,” said Baroness Ludford, Liberal Democrat justice and human rights spokeswoman and an MEP for London.
“A rejection of his application and his return to Iran would have left him vulnerable to imprisonment, torture and in the worst case the death penalty, simply for being gay.
“I hope that we are starting to see a general move in EU countries to recognise the validity of asylum claims based on the risk of persecution due to sexual orientation.”
Well done, Sarah (my old room-mate when I lived in Pimlico, London, during the early 70′s).
Now if only Jacqui Smith could get it through her thick skull as to the situation in Iran and any future occupant of the Home Office. How much more proof do they want?
Its a big suprise to me but a happy one. Cyprus is not known as a “Gay friendly” island with very few Gay Bars and clubs BUT has nice people and obviously taking their EU responsibilities better than some other places!