Netherlands Accepts LGBT Iraqi Asylum Seekers

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday July 25th, Karma Chavez subbing for Mike Moon interviewed Harvard Research Fellow Scott Long. Scott Long is a human rights activist and scholar specializing in LGBT rights. Recently, the Netherlands have announced they will be accepting all LGBT Iraqis as asylum seekers if they can prove they are gay. Karma discussed the complications surrounding this decision with Scott Long.

“The Dutch government has announced it will open its doors to LGBT Iraqis, after declaring the country unsafe for homosexuals.

Dutch Immigration Minister Geert Leers had already announced a temporary halt to the deportation of LGBT asylum seekers back to Iraq in June, but has now gone the further step of declaring that it is impossible to be openly gay without risking your safety in any part of the country.

However asylum seekers will have to be able to prove that they are gay in order to take up the offer.

The Dutch Parliament had asked Leers to carry out investigations into the status of LGBTs in Iraq in March following a wave of gay-hate murders in the country.

Dutch LGBT rights group COC welcomed the move but its Executive Director Koen van Dijk told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that it would be problematic for gay Iraqis to prove their sexuality.”

-Andrew Potts, gaystarnews.com

To read the entire article:

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netherlands-opens-its-doors-lgbt-iraqis140712

To learn more about Scott Long:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/hrp/visitingfellows/current_fellows.html

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