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Kiana Firouz granted leave to remain!

June 16th, 2010 by

Those of us who wrote to Theresa May about Kiana Firouz’s case should start celebrating, as she has just found out she can remain in safety in the UK! This shows what a difference people-power can make!

The 27-year old actress and lesbian activist faced deportation back to Iran, where she would have been at risk of torture and death as a result of her sexuality. 1,942 of us wrote to Theresa May telling her that this must be stopped.

Together we have shown that we will not sit back in cases like this where asylum seekers are at risk because of their sexuality.

38 Degrees has also teamed up with Still Human, Still Here to tell the government to give asylum seekers permission to work. Please get involved here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/Permission-To-Work

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  • http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/religious-news/97708-iranian-lesbian-denied-asylum-britain-74.html#post2047872 Iranian lesbian denied asylum by Britain. – Page 74 – Religious Education Forum

    [...] She can stay! Good job, everyone who wrote or emailed. __________________ Ignorance is preferable to error, [...]

  • http://feimineach.com/2010/08/19/link-the-west-must-not-use-womens-rights-to-justify-war/ The west must not use women’s rights to justify war | feimineach.com

    [...] It seems curiously inconsistent, then, that just a few weeks ago the Home Office was quite prepared to deport another Iranian woman, Kiana Firouz, to certain execution in her native country for sexual unorthodoxy. Firouz made the film Cul de Sac to raise awareness of the oppression of lesbians in Iran, outing herself very publicly and embarrassing the state in the process: both crimes punishable by death in Iran. Nonetheless, it took a coordinated campaign by LGBT activists and solidarity networks in the UK to shame the Home Office into granting Firouz leave to remain. [...]