Last edited: February 10, 2005

Gay Iranian Asylum Seekers in Sweden

ILGA Email Action #98:5

Submitted By: Stig-Ake Petersson. RFSL’s asylum co-ordinator. Stockholm.

Background and Recommended Action: The Swedish government has earlier this year settled an important asylum case concerning a gay man from Iran. In its decision the government said that homosexuals do not risk persecution solely because of their sexual orientation, but only if the practice their sexuality. The government further states the death penalty for sodomy is no longer implemented in Iran. The asylum seeker was, however, granted asylum in Sweden, as his case had received much international attention on the Internet etc., and it could not be ruled out that the Iranian authorities had learnt of his case.

This decision is of major importance to a further number of gay and lesbian Iranian asylum seekers in Sweden, who currently are waiting for the authorities decision of there cases. However, from a recent decision by The Aliens Appeals Board is was understood that most of the gay Iranians will not be granted residence permits in Sweden, and that they therefore will be forced to go back to Iran.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian and Gay Rights (RFSL) is against this background asking individuals and organisations to write letters of protests to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UD) and The Aliens Appeals Board (Utlänningsnämnden).

Your support can save lives!

Direct your letters to (please refer to Case UN 98-05283):

Box 45102
Telefax: 08-30 15 39


Pierre Schori
Telefax: 08-723 11 76

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