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Hephaestion
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posted 20 April 2005 08:18 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
queerday reports:

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Iranian gay asylum seeker Hussein Nasseri commits suicide

UK: A gay asylum seeker shot himself in the head at a children's play center after his appeal to remain in the UK was rejected. Iranian Hussein Nasseri, 26, had his denial papers with him.


news telegraph

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A homosexual asylum seeker shot himself in the head at a children's play centre after his appeal to remain in the UK was rejected, an inquest heard yesterday.

A car park attendant at Fort Fun on the seafront at Eastbourne found Hussein Nasseri, 26, in the front passenger seat of a car with a .22 rifle between his legs, the barrel resting on his chest.

Inside the car were papers showing that the Iranian's appeal to remain in the UK had been rejected two weeks before his death last June.

The inquest at Eastbourne was told that Mr Nasseri had fled Iran five years ago after claiming that he had been jailed for three months for being homosexual. He told the authorities that he had been persecuted and would face execution if caught because he had escaped from custody in Iran.


Whew! At least that's one less of these "bogus refugee claimants" to worry about, eh Mr. Blair?


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Hephaestion
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posted 20 April 2005 08:40 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
365gay.com adds:

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A friend testified at the inquest that Nasseri was in panic after learning that his asylum application had been denied.

I saw him two weeks before he died. He was very upset. He said he wanted to kill himself. He said he had bought a gun to kill himself, his friend, Nader Ashkani, also from Iran, testified.

[...]

Another case is that of a 25 year old Algerian who is also facing deportation. The man, identified by Outrage as Saad B, has lived in the UK since he was 15. He has a good job and a domestic partner.

He and his partner, Matthew Skelly, were planning to register with Britain's domestic partner registry when it begins in December.

But, Saads asylum application has been rejected. All his appeals have been turned down despite the fact that he has lived his entire adult life in the UK.

He is scheduled to be deported just weeks before the registry opens - but, if he were already registered, he would be considered a "spouse" and entitled to live in the UK.

I fear for my safety and mental well-being if I am sent back to Algeria, he said. Like Iran and most other Islamic states, Algeria practices Sharia law which calls for death for homosexuals.


Another obviously fraudulent case, eh, Mr. Blair?


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kuri
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posted 20 April 2005 08:43 AM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He is, unfortunately, only one in a very long line of asylum seekers who've committed suicide after the long and arduous process of appeals for asylum in the UK. More than facing the prospect of refoulment (as terrifying as that is), asylum seekers in the UK face a dehumanizing process that often includes direct personal insults to them, as long as it furthers the Home Office case. (I attended 3 appeals hearings in Glasgow for research and noted the Home Office Presenting Officer do this twice, turning to face the applicant and insult him or her rather than addressing the room in general as they normally do.)

Ramin Khaleghi

Mohsen Amri

Mahmood Ahmed

Veluppillai Balachandran (scroll down a bit)

That's just from the first page of google search. I recall a number of others recounted in my course this year. Suicide rates are especially high amoung asylum-seekers who are kept in detention.


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