For immediate use
6 April 2010
Urgent appeal for Anwar
Iraqi LGBT is appealing for help from people in Paris, France or people with contacts in
Anwar is a 21-year old Iraqi gay activist from
He has been ordered to leave
Anwar was arrested in February 2009 by members of the Iraqi Interior Ministry (Badr Corps) for his role in Iraqi LGBT. He was badly beaten up, tortured and he suffered a serious trauma after the long period of detention and the abuse he was subjected to.
He was put under investigation and interrogated over and over again about his role as an LGBT activist and his involvement in the running of the safe house.
During his detention he met five other members of Iraqi LGBT who have been sentenced to death for the same reason. During a visit to the jail by an Iraqi LGBT volunteer, Anwar handed over a letter with a desperate appeal: “save me from the death penalty".
Iraqi LGBT immediately paid the authorities 5,000 dollars in bail to obtain Anwar's release.
As soon as he was released from jail on 14 April 2009 Anwar immediately got on a plane to
After a few months without any help from the French institutions, associations and authorities (while begging on the streets and living as a tramp), Anwar (who speaks no other languages than Arabic) left
He approached the police authorities in
On 2 September 2009 Anwar was sent for by the Justice Ministry to discuss his asylum application and was informed that according to the EU's Dublin Regulation regarding asylum it is up to France to decide whether or not to grant him refugee status.
Anwar begged them to reconsider his application in the
Anwar now has to go back to
Iraqi LGBT is appealing for support or housing in Paris, France for this brave and heroic man.
If you can help please call Iraqi LGBT on ++44 (0) 7981 9594 53 or email@example.com
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Urgent Appeal for Anwar