Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 05/13/2010

Kiana Firouz

Kiana Firouz

Kiana Firouz

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 atpublic.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

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  • scary joann @ at 6:41 pm, May 13th, 2010

    I haven’t seen this anywhere else yet. I’m glad you posted it.
    This is insane.

  • Jeff @ at 6:44 pm, May 13th, 2010

    We should try to write to the media newspapers, websites, magazines,and TV programs to get them aware of this story

  • Katherine C. @ at 7:04 pm, May 13th, 2010

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

    And everybody, PLEASE sign the petition, write the email, and talk about Kiana Firouz’s plight with everyone you can.

  • Amy CT @ at 10:13 am, May 14th, 2010

    As a British citizen, I’m a little bit appalled at this. I know our *cough* horrible *cough* new government aren’t exactly asylum seekers’ best friends, but this is terrible.

    I’ll definitly make sure people know about this.

  • Ruthie G @ at 6:32 pm, May 14th, 2010

    There are a couple of cases in court at the minute to try and change this particular policy. I wasn’t even aware that this happened until I saw it in the paper earlier this week.
    The address for the article is:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/09/supreme-court-gay-lesbian-asylum-seekers

    And Amy CT, I strongly agree about the new government. Very, very disappointed in Nick Clegg.

  • Richard Jeffrey Newman - If Ira­nian Les­bian Kiana Firouz is depor­ted from the U.K., she faces cer­tain death in Iran. @ at 12:26 pm, May 17th, 2010

    [...] Hat tip: thef­bomb [...]

  • Alas, a blog » Blog Archive » If Iranian Lesbian Kiana Firouz is deported from the U.K., she faces certain death in Iran. @ at 12:29 pm, May 17th, 2010

    [...] Hat tip: thefbomb [...]

  • A @ at 11:32 pm, September 18th, 2010

    This is awfulawfulawful. I can’t even believe that things like ths still happen. This brave woman is going to be on my mind… I hope she is okay.

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