UK grants asylum to LGBTple facing persecution

Via Pink News:

The Supreme Court [of the United Kingdom] has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK.

The pair took their cases to the court after being told by the Home Office they could safely return home if they were “discreet” about their sexual orientation.

The Cameroonian man, HT, argued he was told he could be sent home despite being attacked after he was seen kissing his partner.

The Iranian man, HJ, was told by a tribunal that he must expect persecution for his homosexuality and could avoid it by being discreet.

Lord Hope, who read out the judgment, said: “To compel a homosexual person to pretend that his sexuality does not exist or suppress the behaviour by which to manifest itself is to deny him the fundamental right to be who he is.”

An earlier Court of Appeal decision said the government could return the pair to their home countries on the basis that they could be discreet, despite homosexuality being illegal in both countries and HT suffering violence from his neighbours.

The case was brought on behalf of the men by the London office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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