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Mehdi turned away by the Netherlands

March 11, 2008 11:27 PM

DELGA are disappointed to learn that Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian who fears he will be executed if he is deported back to his home country, has had his claim for asylum in the Netherlands overturned. Mehdi fears for his safety if he is returned to Iran, where he says his boyfriend named him as a partner before being executed.

The Dutch authorities have rejected his claim under the 2003 Dublin Regulation and their spokesman said Mehdi would now be sent to the UK, the first European country he entered. An earlier claim for asylum in the UK has already been turned down.

DELGA Chair Jen Yockney commented, "what is needed is a Home Office understanding that gay, lesbian and bisexual Iranians face arrest and execution. Refusing asylum to anyone who risks torture and death because of their sexual identity shows that the Government's commitment to LGBT issues, and to international human rights, is at best shaky."