Names and other identifying
aspects have deliberately been withheld to protect relatives still in Iran.
SOUTHAMPTON, October 17, 2007 –
Mehdi, the young gay Iranian who fled the United Kingdom in April, could be
back in the country within weeks, his uncle revealed last night.
The 19-years-old, who had a student
visa in order to study in this country, wrote an impassioned plea last April
that was released by Toronto-based IRanian Queer Organisation (IRQO) and
published by UK Gay News,
Don’t Leave Iranian Gays Abandoned.
So scared was Mehdi that he was
going to be deported to Iran after his asylum tribunal appeal failed – it is
believed on the flimsy reason that the tribunal adjudicator did not believe
that Iran’s calendar if different from the one used in the West (January 1
is, in the West March 21) when he questioned discrepancies in dates at the
hearing – that he disappeared.
Surfacing in Germany, and without a
passport, Mehdi was eventually caught by the German authorities.
With the knowledge that his
boyfriend had been executed and that the same fate would await him back in
Iran, he managed to slip across the border into the Netherlands and laid low
Although his was in contact with
relatives in the UK, nothing publicly was heard of Mehdi until just after
the now-famous “No Gays in Iran” speech in New York last month by President
Mehdi emailed IRQO to say that if
there were no Iranian gays, then who was he? This email was released and
was carried by scores of newspapers around the world. UK Gay News, again,
Nineteen Year Old Says ‘I Am an Iranian Gay’.
According to his relatives in Hampshire, the Home
Office has told the Dutch authorities that the UK is prepared to accept
Mehdi back into the country – and that they would, as the relative put it,
“look into his case”.
“The matter has to be put before a
court in the Netherlands, but we expect Medhi back within two weeks,” the
relative told UK Gay News last night.
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
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 18, 2007)
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Posted: 17 October 2007 at
00:00 (UK time)