The “Homo Terror” In Uganda

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The campaign to prevent the British Home Office from deporting Mahdi Kazemi, a 19 year old gay Iranian student back to certain death at the hands of Iranian authorities was successfull. Mahdi had been revealed as gay when his boyfriend’s father discovered their email correspondence and turned his own son over to Iranian police to be tortured and executed;There could be little doubt that Mahdi would have suffered the same fate, had he been repatriated. Fortunately, Mahdi was able to connect with a small but very dedicated organization called Gay Asylum UK and with internationally known gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. An internet and media campaign  was quickly organized, including an on-line petition that garnered approximately 8,000 signatures from people all over the planet. The campaign resulted in the story being featured by every major British and European news outlet, both print and broadcast, as well as CNN. A resolution of support was passed by the European Parliament and, in the U.K., 63 members of the House of Lords petitioned the Home office.