Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Shame on the Dutch and the Brits

A gay teenager who faces being hanged if sent back to Iran is a step closer to being forced to return today, after the Netherlands followed Britain in refusing his appeal for asylum. Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study English in 2005 but says he later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by the Iranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged. He claimed asylum in Britain, saying that he feared for his life if he returned. However, his case was refused late last year, so he fled to the Netherlands. A Dutch court today, however, ordered him to return to Britain, leaving the teenager once again facing deportation.
The Dutch court ruled purely based on the fact that the UK was the first European country that was responsible for his asylum request, and the Iranian teenager will not be badly treated in the UK. As if a possible extradition to Iran by the Brits is not "bad treatment".
Shame on the UK and the Netherlands for not protecting innocent people against an evil regime.

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