02Mar 2017

A senior official says referrals from queer Iranians decreased to prioritize Syrian refugees By Dylan C Robertson Mar 02, 2017, 5:48 PM EST Resource:“We have a refugee policy that is first and foremost informed by vulnerability,”  Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says about Canada choice to prioritize Syrian refugees. Credit: Canada’s federal immigration department […]

09Feb 2017

MPs concerned about stagnating refugee arrivals amid Trump’s executive order By Dylan C Robertson Feb 09, 2017, 3:44 PM EST Resource:   A parliamentary committee could soon probe why Canada suddenly started turning away LGBT Iranians seeking asylum, Xtra has learned. The move comes as members of Parliament express confusion over why a famed […]

03Feb 2017

Canadian government has stopped accepting LGBT Iranian refugees to prioritize Syrian refugees By Dylan C Robertson Feb 03, 2017, 7:44 PM EST Resource: Mitra’s sanctuary is a mouldy basement in Turkey’s conservative heartland. The microbiology student’s life in northern Iran came crashing down in the summer of 2014, when she was outed as a […]

20Nov 2015

When Buzzfeed Website’s Reporter Lester Feder approached Iranian Queer Organization – IRQO for news about LGBT refugees, he was not a stranger. IRQO had been in-touch with Lester a year ago when reporting about Kermanshah’s Arrest of allegedly gay men. The experience was great because Buzzfeed and Lester Feder surprised us by their ethical approach […]

10Jun 2014

Iranian Queer Organization has unveiled a new system in facilitating LGBT refugees cases. This system is used in communications with asylum seekers to whom it provides council. Prior to the unveiling of the “IRQO Asylum Advocacy System”, asylum seekers and refugees would have to contact an IRQO agent and make appointments to inquire about the status […]

11Jan 2014

Source [checklist]Source: “Mülteci ve Sığınmacı LGBT’lere Çifte Baskı!” (“LGBT Asylum Seekers and Refugees Face Double Pressure!”), Kaos GL, 28 March 2013,[/checklist] Lawyer Hayriye Kara, Kaos GL’s Refugee Rights Coordinator, talks about the troubles LGBT asylum seekers and refugees face in Turkey. LGBT asylum seekers and refugees, who are mostly from Iran, enter Turkey to escape […]

23Jun 2013

Two gay men who said they faced persecution in their home countries have the right to asylum in the UK, the Supreme Court has ruled. The panel of judges said it had agreed “unanimously” to allow the appeals from the men, from Cameroon and Iran.They had earlier been refused asylum on the grounds they could […]

23Jun 2013

[checklist]By Hossein Alizadeh[/checklist] [checklist]Commemorating June 20, World Refugee Day[/checklist] Just two years ago, Arash and Javad (not their real names), two young Iranian men were building their future together. Arash was pursuing a successful career in Iran’s financial sector and Javad was a university student in Tehran. Now the men live in abject poverty in […]

23Jun 2013

Three years ago this month, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously told a New York audience that Iran doesn’t have any homosexuals. An aide later clarified that Ahmadinejad meant that Iran doesn’t have many homosexuals compared with America.   [checklist] Human rights groups say the Islamic republic continues to execute homosexuals. Gay and lesbian Iranians are […]