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Tuesday 21 August 2007

UK deporting Iranian lesbian to likely stoning

An Iranian lesbian, Pegah Emambakhsh, is to be deported from the UK even though it is well known that her life will be in danger if she returns to the theocratic state.

I have posted before about the Deathzone for gays and lesbians which is Iran and Iraq — she fled after her lover was arrested, tortured and subsequently sentenced to death by stoning. It is certain that she will be arrested and tortured if deported back to Tehran.

The local MP, Richard Caborn (office: 0114 273 7947), should be ashamed of himself for not supporting her. She was due to be deported yesterday but he finally spoke up at the last moment, after being exposed by gay activists and local campaigners, thus postponing her deportation.

If you want to support her, I'm told that raising this publicly and widely is the best support for her — now it's only legal moves and pressure that will save her, she is now due to be deported next Monday (August 27).

Iranian Queer Organisation has more. She is being supported by asylum campaigners in Sheffield (but their website is down).

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