Humane decision by UK government on Iranian refugee.
May 20, 2008 1:43 PM Subscribe
Mehdi Kazemi is granted asylum in the UK.
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Mehdi, now 20, was studying in the UK when Parham (his boyfriend) was arrested for the crime of homosexuality by the Iranian government. Mehdi was named by his boyfriend and warned he was liable to arrest on his planned return. The UK Home Office denied him asylum [despite a thoughtful campaign by human rights campaigners
] - because it was said he had overstayed his student visa and was therefore not seen as genuinely seeking asylum. So he escaped to the Netherlands. That's where it gets complicated.
Under EU asylum rules
, generally someone seeking asylum is required to apply in the member state first entered. That meant, Dutch judges ruled, that he had to return to the UK - and the risk of being deported to the place where he was at risk of losing his life. Mehdi's case
has attracted international attention.
Mehdi was informed that Parham, his boyfriend, was executed in Iran in 2006.