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Dutch Reject Call To Return Gay Refugees To Iran
« Reply #1 on: Fri, Apr 14, 2006, 18:46 »

Earlier there had been reports that Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk had decided to end the Netherland's freeze on the deportation of gay Iranian refugees. While there was a strong possibility that the Dutch parliament will vote to uphold the government's decision on gay Iranians, this did not prove to be the case--365 reports that

The Netherlands Parliament has rebuffed a call by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk to end a moratorium on the deportation of gay asylum seekers from Iran.

Last year Verdonk halted extraditions of gays to Iran in the wake of reports two gay teens were hanged after being found found "guilty of homosexuality".


Verdonk's position was opposed by a wide variety of politicians in Parliament and by Dutch LGBT rights group COC. Without the support of Parliament she said Thursday that she would continue to grant asylum to gay Iranians but would "reassess" the situation in the fall.

There is some slim evidence that the publicity brought to this issue by Doug Ireland and his many readers was an important factor in this most welcome change.


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