Stop deportation of gay Iranian from US


by Shorts

To Whom It May Concern

IRanian Queer Organization (IRQO) is an international, non-profit, queer human rights organization based in Toronto, Canada with key workers in Europe and Iran. IRQO helps Iranian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered refugees all over the world. We help when Iranian lesbians or gay men who are threatened with deportation back to Iran. We also help Iranian LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) obtain asylum in friendly countries.

Iranian who are homosexuals are a uniquely identified group who are severely looked down upon and subject to mistreatment and humiliation, including torture at the hands of the current Islamic Republic of Iran for their sexual orientation. Homophobia runs deep into the Iranian government policies and homosexuality is considered a criminal act, punishable by lashing, hanging, stoning, cutting in half by a sword, or other methods of torture.

However, IRQO believes in a brighter future and would not let the hatred stop us from achieving our hopes of becoming useful members of society.

Hassan Parhizkar is a homosexual Iranian national, currently in the USA and being threatened with being deported back to Iran by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]

IRQO is deeply concerned that Hassan Parhizkar would be subject to torture and would face the death penalty upon his deportation to Iran on account of his homosexuality. The U.S. Government's action in deporting Mr. Parhizkar to Iran is clearly prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment, ratified by the United States in 1992, and by congressionally enacted policy giving effect to CAT. As the United States congress made clear, it is the policy of the United States not to:

Expel, extradite, or otherwise effect the involuntary return of any person to a country in which there are substantial grounds for believing the person would be in danger of being subjected to torture, regardless of whether the person is physically present in the United States.

The signataries of this letter do so in testimony and support of Hassan Parhizkar's request for relief from the U.S. government to stop his deportation to Iran and for acceptance of his deferred action request as witnesses for the tortures and persecution suffered by Iranian gay and lesbian nationals by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sincerely yours,
The undersigned
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to Patrice

by mrx (not verified) on

What is wrong with you? Anonymous8 just made a point that some non-gay people pretend to be gay for asylum, and s/he asked for the false claims to stop.

Just for that, you call him/her an agent of the Islamic Republic and "he obviously idolize his fascist leader" among lots of other things. Lighten up!

PS. One of my closest friends is gay, and am all for gay rights/marriage/whatever. Don't start framing me as anti-gay please! This message has nothing to do with that.


It's quite interesting that

by Patrice (not verified) on

It's quite interesting that anonymous8 is not brave enough to use his name; obviously he has something to hide such as being an agent of the Islamic Republic government perhaps. It's you who needs an education,especially when it comes to immigration laws in the U.S. as there is no so called "green card" for the gay category. So please go back to your fascist leader who you obviously idolize and write back when you have anything valuable to say that has any credibility and when and if you are courageous enough to identify yourself and not bash other human beings about whom you know nothing. And please go back to school and learn some English while you are at it-your ignorance is beyond pathetic.


Thanks for "Reminding" Us

by Agha Bakhtiar (not verified) on

"THE" Statement of the Year :) :)

(Vaghean Ke)


You must be kidding!

by Parsagarda on

Iran does not have homosexuals! Didn't you know that?


You are the one who needs to investigate, Patrice

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

It's a fact that so many Iranians have pretended to be gay that the governments of Sweden and UK, and now US demand much higher burdens of proof and reject immigration applicants. They ruined it for the real viticms. If you do some investigation, you'll see what I mean. Ignorance belongs to you, my friend, not me.


People like Anonymous8 are

by Anonymous9 (not verified) on

People like Anonymous8 are the reason why the US should stop deporting homosexuals to Iran! I encourage people like him/her to make their dragetory comments here, so the US government knows how intolerant Iranian government, and sometimes Iranians in general are.


message for Mr./Ms. Anonymous8

by Patrice (not verified) on

What's shameful is that there are people out there like Mr./Ms. Anonymous8 who are quick to jump to negative conclusions without investigating and/or knowing anything about the plights and circumstances of another human being. Mr./Ms. Anonyomous8 should not be so judgmental and/or ignorant to make such outlandish accusations against another human being for which he/should could be subject to a defamation/slander claim. With Mr./Ms. Anoymous8, we now have 2 people who believe there are no homosexuals in Iran!!!


Stop pretending to be gay, just to get a green card

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

It's shameful and degrading. I know Iranians are doing it, I met some in Ankara.