Speaking of Iran
The dutch immigration minister is sending gay iranians and iranian christian converts assylum seekers back to Iran, because she no longer thinks there is any danger for them to go back there. No, seriously. Immigration minister Rita Verdonk says gay asylum seekers from Iran should be sent back home. Six months ago she had refused to send them back because two gay Iranian men had been executed there.
Verdonk said in a letter to the Second Chamber that there was no question of anyone being executed or sentenced to death purely on the basis of their being gay, although she did concede that gay sex was punishable by death by Iranian interpretation of Islamic law.Even so, gay asylum seekers should be returned, she said, based on information from the Foreign Office about the actual situation in Iran. The two gay men were executed not for their sexuality but because they hadrobbed, kidnapped and raped a minor. Ok, fine, so those ones are robbers and raped a minor, what about the dozens others that got killed in similar situations? But she isn't satisfied with sending the gays to certain death, she is sending the christian converts as well. Verdonk says that asylum-seeking Iranian Christians who have converted from Islam, who also face strong societal disapproval, can also safely be sent back. Ehh, strong societal disapproval doesn't begin to describe it. They will get killed. They will die. Islam is clear. Any muslim who converts to another religion is ok to kill. End of story. She is sending them back to certain death.
D66 has requested a debate next week over Verdonk’s decision. The party is not convinced that the repatriation is as safe as she suggests.LOL. You don't say?