(This is a copy and paste from a blog I found at the Fish out of Water Blog, title "Please help stop the deportation of Kiana Firouz)


Kiana Firouz, who is an Iranian queer rights activist currently living as a refugee in Britain to escape punishment for the film she recently appeared in where she openly discussed her life as a lesbian in Iran. But the Home Office is for some reason not taking the fact that she will most likely be killed if she goes back very seriously.

Kiana recently took part in the film Cul de sac, which focuses on her life and civil rights battles in Iran. “It was important for me to take part in the film,” she stated in a recent interview.

“As an Iranian lesbian I think the film is the best way to show how difficult life is for lesbians in my country. This film contains sex scenes that would be sufficient evidence for receiving a death sentence if I were sent back to Iran. Now, my only hope is to mobilize the international LGBT community.”

Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in Iran. Generally, homosexuality is punishable by 100 lashes with the death penalty being enforced after the fourth "offense".

Kiana, just 27 years old, now faces the very real possibility of deportation form England back to Iran.



[ If you follow the link, you can sign the petition to keep her from getting deported

http://fishoutofwaterblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/please-help-stop-dep...  ]

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I agree. I find it inhumane for them to be doing that to her, and I'm still not clear on the reasons why they are doing such thing. But I hope it gets resolved. I think the most important thing is to keep her from being sent to Iraq, maybe another country could provide refuge.
It would seem the UK, and Canada as well, is becoming increasingly socially conservative, at least in its foreign policy and related functions. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the country now with the Conservatives in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

I know in Canada we are seeing ever more signs of Conservative ideological influences on foreign aid and on domestic policies. So if the UK refuses to give her sanctuary, I don't expect Canada, with the Conservatives in their second term now, to jump to her aid, even if she were to apply.

Anyway, I have signed the petition. I hope international signatures will be useful too.


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