A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Great Britain after his boy friend back in Iran was arrested for sodomy and hung now faces the same fate if he is denied refuge in England. He came to the United Kingdom in 2004 to study and shortly after discovered what had happened to his boy friend back in Iran. Fearing for his life, Mr. Mehdi Kazemi, age 19, asked for asylum in England but late in 2007 his plea was turned down. He made a desperate attempt to evade deportation by fleeing to the Netherlands where hs is now being detained. There is a growing furor among concerned people in the Netherlands to protect the boy from certain death if he is returned to Iran.
In his letter to the British government, Mr. Kaxemi,notes, “I did not come to the UK to claim asylum. I came here to study aand return to my country. But in the past few months my situation back home has changed. The Iranian authorities have found out that I am a homosexual and they are looking for me…I will be arrested and executed like my former boyfriend.”
Peter Tatchell, of the gay rights campaign group Outrage, blames the British government for instituting policy of cutting back on the number of asylum seekers for the plight of the Iranian teenager. This is a sad story from a nation that historically has offered refuge for thousands of people who faced death or imprisonment if returned to their native land. Karl Marx must be weeping up in heaven at this outrageous example of denial of human rights.