Thursday, 4 November 2010

France threatening to deport Senegalese gay man

Source: Tetu

By Habibou Bangré

[Google translation]

Dismissed by the Office of Refugee Protection Act, this claimant has been released from custody in Lyon. But the associations concerned and challenge the Department of Immigration.

Will he support of the French state? This Senegalese who claims to be victim of homophobic persecution in his country was released on October 28 the detention center at Lyon Saint-Exupery (Rhone). It may however be expelled because the French Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) rejected his request.

"We call today Eric Besson, Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development Partnership, formally requesting the regularization of Abdou," write in a statement Lesbian and Gay Pride Lyon , the collective inter-association for gays and lesbians ( Cicada ) and SOS Racisme Rhône-Alpes.

Recalling the duty of France and Nicolas Sarkozy promises to gays and lesbians who faced the signatories underline that in Senegal, homophobia appears at the highest political, judicial and religious. He concluded: "In Senegal, Abdou may suffer inhuman and degrading treatment (...). The deportation to his country of origin Abdou will expose to hatred, persecution, prison sentences that would destroy the new life he had sought to build here in France, with the support of her mother and his brothers."
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