Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 05/13/2010
Today I received an email from FBomb reader and contributer Katherine C. She alerted me to the situation involving filmmaker Kiana Firouz. Kiana is a 27 year old Iranian LGBT rights activist who stars in Cul de Sac, a documentary about the condition of lesbians in Iran. The film was largely produced in the UK as clips of her work featuring the persecution of gays and lesbians in Iran were found by Iranian itellegence who began to harass and follow Firouz in Tehran.
Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in Iran. Generally, homosexuality is punishable by 100 lashes with the death penalty being enforced after the fourth offence.
Although Firouz is currently in Britain, the British government has refused her asylum. She is being forced to return to Iran where she will most likely be tortured and executed. It seems the only way to save this woman’s life is for the media to put a huge amount of pressure on the UK to grant refugee status or asylum.
Click here to read more about Kiana’s story and here to learn more about Cul de Sac. And please take the time to sign this petition and/or email the British Home Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
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