UK top court rules in favor of gay asylum seekers from Iran

July 7, 2010 13:20

LONDON — Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a decision to deport two gay asylum seekers who face persecution in their homelands.

A lower court had backed the government's decision to return the men to Iran and Cameroon on the grounds that they would be safe as long as they kept their sexuality secret.Five judges ruled unanimously that this was a violation of the men's rights. They said that "to compel a homosexual person to pretend that their sexuality does not exist ... is to deny him his fundamental right to be who he is."

Homosexual acts in Iran are punishable by death, and in Cameroon by several years in jail.

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