Ms Emambakhsh escaped from Iran, claiming asylum, after her lover was arrested, tortured and subsequently sentenced to death by stoning. Her father was also arrested and interrogated about her whereabouts. He was eventually released but not before he had been tortured himself.
Ms Emambakhsh has a more than well founded fear of persecution if she is returned to Iran. She belongs to a group of people – gays – who, it is well known, are severely persecuted in Iran.
According to Iranian Human Rights Campaigners, over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs came to power in 1979.
In 2006 a German court ruled that an Iranian lesbian could not be deported as she risked death because of her sexuality.
According to her solicitors representative “her case has come to an end and he can do no more” (Solicitor: Mr Mazaheri 0207 328 4111 )
The Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) have chosen not to believe that she is in such danger if returned to Iran even though the UK government are well aware of the terrible situation that gay people face there.
The local MP, Richard Caborn, (office: 0114 273 7947) has refused to intercede. The BIA will be committing a serious miscarriage of justice and human rights violation if they insist on Ms Emambhaksh’s deportation.
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