Deported Gay Afghan Refugees Told to ‘Act Straight’
Under Prime Minister Theresa May’s conservative ruling, new British governement guidelines would send gay Afghans asylum seekers back to Afghanistan, where homosexuality is illegal and “wholly taboo” and they must pretend to be straight.
The new guidance for a country where not a single citizen lives an openly gay life has been denounced by human rights groups as a violation of international law, and criticised by the Home Office’s own Afghanistan unit.
“The Home Office’s approach seems to be to tell asylum seekers, ‘Pretend you’re straight, move to Kabul and best of luck,’” said Heather Barr, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Living a life where you are forced to lie every day about a key part of your identity, and live in constant fear of being found out and harassed, prosecuted or attacked, is exactly the kind of persecution asylum laws are supposed to prevent.”
The document, dated last month, clearly lays out the multiple risks to LGBT Afghans from their own families, from Afghan laws, and from Taliban insurgents who consider homosexuality a crime punishable by death.
Afghanistan is probably one of the worst places to be gay. Homosexuality is an insanely taboo topic among Afghans mostly with the older generation where nobody talks about it, like it doesn’t even exist.
Back in Afghanistan with their conservative religious culture, it’s a whole different story. Homosexuality is mostly linked with pr0stitution and ped0philia in Afghanistan (known as Bacha-bazi). It’s one of the most disgusting things about Afghanistan and it’s such a big problem.