LONDON, December 24, 2007 – It
was not the Christmas present that a young gay Iranian wanted.
A court in the Netherlands has
ruled that Mehdi, the gay Iranian teenager, has to be returned to the United
Kingdom, where he faces deportation back to Iran.
He fled England last spring when a
Home Office tribunal dismissed his appeal against deportation.
“I was refused the right to appeal
of asylum in the Netherlands because of the Dublin Treaty,” he said by
telephone this afternoon.
The Dublin Treaty, or Convention,
is a European Union law that prevents asylum applicants from applying in
multiple members states.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed
at judge’s decision.
“My lawyer is making a final appeal
to the Netherlands High Court,” he added.
Mehdi, who is 19, said that he was
worried that the early decision from the court – the decision was expected
to be handed down early in the New Year – meant that his deportation to the
UK would be made over the holiday period.
“My main fear at the moment is that
the UK Home Office would disregard appeals and send me back to
before any offices reopened after the holiday,” he said.
The young Iranian said he is
frightened that he will be executed if he is return to Iran.
Before leaving Iran in 2004 to
continue his education in England – he had a student visa issued by the UK
authorities, Mehdi had a boyfriend. It was while he was in the UK, he
learned that the Iranian authorities had arrested his boyfriend, who had
given interrogators Mehdi’s name before being executed. (Click
HERE for Mehdi’s full story)
One of the main reasons that
Mehdi’s asylum appeal failed was because the tribunal “judge” found that
dates on Iranian paperwork did not tally with what the teenager had said,
his uncle, who lives in southern England, told UK Gay News.
The tribunal apparently refused to accept that
the Iranian calendar is different from the Western (Gregorian) calendar.
Gay Iranian Teen Awaits Decision of Dutch Court Over
Return to UK.
A young gay Iranian, who fled the
United Kingdom in fear after his asylum application with the Home Office’s
Border and Immigration Agency failed earlier this year, will be spending the
festive season hoping that a Dutch court will allow him to stay in the
Netherlands. (UK Gay News, December 21, 2007)
They Hang Gay Teenagers, Don’t They? A gay Iranian teenager whose asylum claim was denied in the UK fled to
the Netherlands, and then to Germany. The Germans returned him to the Dutch,
who are now threatening to return him to the Brits, who have already decided
to return the gay teenager to Iran. And you know what they do to gay
teenagers in Iran, right? (Seattle Stranger - USA, December 20)
Young Gay Iranian Soon on His Way Back to UK? Mehdi, the young gay Iranian who fled the United Kingdom
in April, could be back in the country within weeks, his uncle revealed last
(UK Gay News,
October 17, 2007)
Year Old Says ‘I Am an Iranian Gay’.
The following email has been
received by the IRanian Queer Organisation in Toronto from a young gay man
who was studying at school in UK and, after difficulties with the UK Home
Office over asylum managed to flee England, ending up in the Netherlands.
The letter is published here as written.
(UK Gay News,
September 26, 2007)
Iranian Gays Abandoned. By Mehdi.
This article was written by a 19-years-old gay Iranian
who tells how, while he was a student in London, his
boyfriend back home was executed for being gay. Mehdi says he was
scared of returning home and meeting the same fate when his student visa
expired last year – and of his asylum application to the Home Office.
(UK Gay News, April
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Posted: 24 December 2007 at
15:30 (UK time)