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Kiana Firouz, Iranian lesbian activist and filmmaker
IRANIAN LESBIAN KIANA FIROUZ GRANTED PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN UK

in IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF, 17/06/2010

Kiana Firouz, lesbian filmmaker and activist has been granted asylum in June 2010. Firouz escaped from Iran in 2008 and took refuge in United Kingdom.

 

Kiana, who recently made a drama-documentary called "Cul de sac", based on her experiences as an Iranian lesbian and released in London in May 20, 2010, faced an imminent deportation back to Iran, where she probably could be death sentenced because of her sexual-orientation.

EveryOne Group has raised internationally alert over her risk of being deported back to Iran, involving some MEPs and forwarding a urgent appeal to the BIA (Border Immigration Agency) and the British Government. Kiana's claim was rejected by British Home Office even though they believed her being persecuted for her homosexuality.

 

"After our appeal to European institutions and authorities, other organizations, among Amnesty International, Certi Diritti and Arcigay, had amplified our voice, aiding the case's spread" say the EveryOne Group's co-presidentes, Roberto Malini, Matteo Pegoraro e Dario Picciau. "Human Rights policy wins out once more, thanks to Human Rights activism, and another life is safe from persecution. In spite of the difficult and threatening atmosphere that obstruct - especcialy in Italy, where we live - our work every day," continue the Group's leaders, "prideful campaigns as Kiana's one induce us to go forward head-high, certain that the Human Rights way, and the one of dialogue and human being's safeguard, are above violence, threats, persecution. We thanks all official elected, groups, organizations, activists and individuals who supported Kiana Firouz for her battle" finally state Malini, Pegoraro and Picciau, "and we hope that United Kingdom and others EU Member States will pay more attention to humanitarian protection's needs of persecuted minorities, to put the human life's safeguard ahead of domestic policy and bureaucracy."

For further information contact:

EveryOne Group at the following contact details

+39 393 4010237; +39 334 3449180; +39 331 3585406 and at

http://www.everyonegroup.com

 

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