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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dutch Court Rejects Gay Iranian's Asylum Appeal

(ABC News/ AFP) - Authorities in the Netherlands have rejected an appeal by an Iranian gay man who said he faced death if forced to return to his home country.

The Council of State said the 19-year-old man could not renew his plea for asylum in a second European Union country; he had already taken his case to court in Britain and lost.

The man in question was being held in a Dutch centre for immigrants and, according to the Dutch news agency ANP, was due to be transferred back to Britain.

But justice ministry spokeswoman Karen Temmink said his case was currently being discussed by Dutch deputies.

No decision concerning his transfer to Britain had so far been announced, but Ms Temmink said that in the end it would be Britain's responsibility to send the man back to Iran, if that was what was eventually decided.

Nebahat Albayrak, the Minister with responsibility for immigration issues, told deputies that she was confident that Britain would not send the man back to Iran if his life was in danger, ANP reported.

In 2006, former immigration minister Rita Verdonk agreed not to repatriate asylum seekers if there was a danger they might be executed in their home country because of their sexual orientation.

According to a news report from CNN, the guy's boyfriend was sentenced to death and already executed by Iranian Regime. I ask both Dutch & British authorities to think better and avoid a sure execution of this guy. Remember what Ahmadinejad said when he visited USA "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country ... I don't know who's told you that we have this.", of course, because they kill them all using a disgusting killing procedures.

Kazemi, 19, says he traveled to London to study English in 2005 and applied for asylum in Britain after learning that his lover in Iran had been executed for sodomy, his lawyer Borg Palm said.

Kazemi's case highlights not only the plight of homosexuals in Iran, but also differences in the way European Union allies deal with asylum seekers.

After Kazemi's application was rejected by British authorities, he fled to mainland Europe and applied for asylum in the Netherlands, where usually strict immigration authorities are more liberal when dealing with Iranian gays because of persecution they face at home.

IHT / Associated Press

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