Iranian homosexual loses asylum appeal

A 19-year-old homosexual Iranian man has lost his appeal for asylum in the Netherlands because an earlier application in Britain had already been turned down.

Britain does not regard homosexuality as a reason to grant residency permits to Iranians, even though they may face the death penalty, news agency ANP reports.
Under EU law, asylum seekers can only claim refugee status in the European country they first enter.
Dutch junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak told MPs that she was confident Britain would not deport the man if his life was in danger. He is currently being held in a Dutch deportation centre.

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