iranian filmmaker, kiana firouz, is a lesbian LGBT activist seeking asylum following her film Cul de Sac
Her letter published on the blog LGBT Asylum News, Firouz writes:
I, Kiana Firouz, an Iranian Lesbian, born in 1983 in Tehran/Iran, have sought asylum in the U.K but my application was turned down by the Home Office, despite accepting the fact that I am a lesbian. I accordingly submitted my appeal which was dismissed incredibly by the adjudicator. According to my solicitor’s point of view there is a little chance to grant a permission to appeal against the adjudicator’s decision. It means that I will face with deportation soon.
Homosexuality in Iran is a sin and offence which is subject to harsh punishment. According to the Islamic law, repeatation of this offence will be punished by death. The punishment for lesbianism involving persons who are mature, of sound mind, and consenting, is 100 lashes. If the act is repeated three times and punishment is enforced each time, the death sentence will apply on the fourth occasion. (Articles 127, 129, 130 penal code) The ways of proving lesbianism in court are the same as for male homosexuality. (Article 128)
1. Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/kianaf/petition.html
2. Send e-mails to the British Home Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting that Kiana receive refugee status as soon as possible, in support of a global fight against homophobia and repression of gays and lesbians.