sábado, 25 de agosto de 2007

Rightless in Iran

Being gay in Iran is a tough life: there, all sexual relations that occur outside of a traditional, heterosexual marriage are illegal. If you’re gay you’re very likely to be persecuted, arrested, beaten, tortured and sentenced to a slow death, usually through suffocation or stoning. Furthermore, no civil rights legislation exists in Iran to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and depictions of homosexuality are prohibited in society or in the press. I’m usually pretty careful about judging situations I don’t know much about but with these premises I feel confident about myself when I say that Great Britain is going to commit a big mistake by repatriating Pegah Emambakhsh. Pegah, a forty years old woman, is an Iranian national who sought asylum in the UK in 2005: she is lesbian and she escaped Iran after her lover was arrested, tortured and subsequently sentenced to death by stoning. A few days ago her claim legally failed, due to the absurd fact that she couldn’t show clues of her sexual orientation. Now, the British Ambassador in Rome promises that 'We will not deport Pegah if the woman runs a risk in Iran', , and I hope he’s well aware of what he says because Pegah runs a risk, a supreme risk: death.Go to Spartakism flickr page with images about Pegah and other cases related with gay rights