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Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law

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  1. My Dutch in general, and this foreign minister in particular, keep going up in my estimation.

    1. *The (not ‘My’)

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Nov 2013, 5:31pm

    I’m surprised other countries haven’t taken a lead. I know we won’t though given our poor track record of granting asylum to gay people, not that the Netherlands’ has done much better surprisingly other than this statement by the Dutch Foreign Minister. No EU country can boast a generous asylum system to gay people fleeing persecution.

    1. BlokeToys 5 Nov 2013, 5:39pm

      Most other countries really don’t give a rats behind about LGBT issues, unless they are the ones facing protests from their public. The UK will never make a statement like this, because our government is too selfish, too ignorant, too insular and too spineless.

      There are only a few nations in Europe who actually do work hard to combat extremism, religious fundamentalism, sexism, racism and homophobia. The Dutch are one of the best at being a tolerant and welcoming nation, putting most other members of the EU to shame.

      The list of countries I would love to move to is small, but they are a collection recognized by millions around the world as having the best healthcare, the most developed social inclusion, greener, healthier, with the best education, the best economic security, the highest democratic ratings… We all know which little club of nations this is, and these are the people we should all be aspiring to emulate.

  3. Colin (London) 5 Nov 2013, 8:04pm

    What a wonderful human and caring offer. Well done The Netherlands.
    Truly an outstanding act and sets a new world standard.

    Fantastic news but we must keep the pressure up on backward Russia

  4. Christopher in Canada 5 Nov 2013, 9:50pm

    How are gay Russians going to learn this news, and how will they be able to apply without being persecuted at home first?

  5. Excellent. Pity more so-called ‘civilised’ countries have’t done the same. If nothing else, this sends out a powerful message to Russia that the world is increasingly seeing them as disgusting, bigoted and stupid. The UN should be doing FAR more to orchestrate a campaign of condemnation against Russia’s homophobic policies.

  6. Nothing new at all as if the prosecution for sexual orientation hadn’t been the ground for granting asylum in the Netherlands before. It is not enough just to arrive to the NL and claim for asylum due to the notorious law. A person must have experienced tough violations of his or her rights or be procesuted in Russia and have EVIDENCE. Do you really want to have a stream of millions of Russian LGBT coming to the NL and become dependant on your budget? It could be wiser for the international community to do their best to pressurize Russian authorities and make them change the situation inside the country than to take all the LGBT people out of the country. Or if the Western world is so consious why not set up new fast-track immigration programs for the LGBT people from Russia who want to leave their country and not to create a new bunch of spongers parasiting on your budget? More inner look on the situation with the LGBT rights in Russia here: https://www.facebook.com/lgbt.equal.russia

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