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New Investigation into the Situation of LGBTI People in Iran

by Redaktie in History & Politics , 14 February 2020

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State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol (Asylum) has ordered a new study of the situation of LGBTI people in Iran. This is of great importance for LGBTI people from that country requesting asylum in the Netherlands. The State Secretary made this commitment to the Dutch Lower House mid-December during a debate on the Dutch asylum policy.

In July 2019, the Secretary of State had reported, on the basis of some anonymous sources, that the situation for LGBT people in Iran had apparently improved. She then decided to make it more difficult for lesbians, gays and bisexuals to apply for asylum in our country. For transgender asylum seekers from Iran, any special protection was cancelled.

In October 2019, the COC wrote to the State Secretary and the Lower House that the situation for LGBT people in Iran is still life-threatening, and made an appeal at Dutch public news Broadcaster NOS. According to renowned human rights organisations, for instance Human Rights Watch, LGBT people are systematically prosecuted in Iran.

On the subject of transgender people, State Secretary Broekers wrote in July 2019 that there are no sources to indicate that they are being prosecuted in Iran. The COC wrote that, according to human rights organizations, transgender people in Iran are confronted with "extreme violence, risk of arrest, imprisonment and prosecution."

Maarten Groothuizen (D66), Joël Voordewind (ChristenUnie) and Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen (former PvdD) raised the issue in the Lower House. This was followed by the commitment of the State Secretary to have a new study carried out. If the situation of LGBT people is indeed more serious than the State Secretary believes, the level of protection for LGBT asylum seekers from Iran can be increased again. D66, ChristenUnie and Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen continued to submit even more proposals to improve the LGBTI asylum policy.




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