My photographs of the demonstration outside Downing Street, London, in support of Mehdi Kazemi. The demonstration was attended by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and various rights and student groups. As of this writing Mehdi is still in the Netherlands awaiting deportation under the Dublin Convention to the UK, where Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said she intends to review his case. However whereas in the Netherlands an initial application by a gay asylum seeker is automatically accepted, Britain has no such provisions, despite extensive evidence of thousands of human rights abuses and executions by the theocratic regime. And Mehdi Kazemi is far from the only gay Iranian asylum seeker in the UK still under threat, the Home Office claiming that being ‘discreet’ is enough to avoid persecution.
My previous posts on Mehdi’s case are here: