On the evening of Monday 28th of july evening friends and supporters of Babi Badalov got together for a curry and a chat about how the campaign is going. The appeal against the rejection of Babi’s asylum application was recently dismissed. This means he is in a state of legal limbo and may be subject to detention or deportation. However Babi’s solicitor is filing a fresh claim for asylum. Considering what faces him in Azerbaijan, being granted asylum should be a formality, however the reality in the 21st Century UK means it’s far from that.
Please take time to help Babi’s campaign, sending letters to Jacqui Smith, the local media and telling everyone you know about his situation and encourage them to do the same. There has been more coverage of the campaign online from Therion, Global Voices Online, Caravan23 and Pinknews.
News of Babi’s campaign has also reached Azerbaijan and hit the headlines there. Making it even more dangerous for him to be forcibly sent back. The Home Office regularly deports people that it accepts have been persecuted because of their sexuality, stating that they should go and live in another part of the country and hide their sexuality. Such inhumane treatment shouldn’t have to be endured by anyone. For Babi, such a proposal was even less viable because of his visibility as a well known artist, and now that his sexuality has been made so public, living a life hiding in the shadows would be an absolute impossibility.
Amongst the supporters of Babi’s campaign who came for a curry were Kemi, Taiwo and their baby Yasim. They still have the threat of deportation hanging over them and still need your support.