Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Young gay Moroccan fights removal from France

Lawyer Uldrif Astié, Karim (back)
Source: Têtu

[Google translation]

A 25 year-old gay Moroccan says he would rather face prison in France than removal to his former homeland.

Karim's testimony is instructive, example of the difficulty of being gay in a country where homosexuality remains a crime punishable by three years in prison ... Arrived in France in 2003 through a tourist visa, he joined his sister in Paris. He ekes out a living, doing odd jobs, markets, sleeping right and left, sometimes out ... But besides this he lived in Morocco, it was already.

There in fact a homosexual problem.
"I was complexed, I abused ... My family resented my sexual preferences. And would have fired. My father is Imam ..."
"That does not make things easier. I'd rather go to jail in France than return to Morocco ..." he admits.
Yet Karim wants to get out. In France he last saw his sexuality more calmly, dressed, her hair like any young gay man who loves fashion and does not hide ...

He comes down to Marseille, accounting forms and got a job. This is where things derailed: his employer promised him help in his efforts to win an administrative regulation by the work. Lie. His boss puts an end to his contrat à durée déterminée (fixed term contract, CDD).

Karim takes a train and landed randomly in Bordeaux. There he meets a companion who knows nothing about his situation. Voluntary, feeling in his right, he decided Tuesday, December 21 to file a complaint at police headquarters in Bordeaux against his employer. He accepted the opportunity to give his passport to the officer who receives it. The next day, instead of starting with the title expected to stay against his passport, he is presented with an order of deportation.

"It's just impossible," says lawyer Uldrif Astié. The lawyer appealed to the Administrative Court recalls that in Morocco, because of his homosexuality.
"Karim will be even more impoverished, marginalized, ostracized. By his family and society. Here, Karim is integrated, there he faces prison. Since Morocco's independence in 1956, thousands of homosexuals were jailed."
Tuesday, December 28, a tribunal hearing is scheduled that will rule on the validity of the removal. The goal is to show there is a manifest error of assessment of the situation by the prefect.
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