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UK Denies Asylum to Gay Egyptian Teen

November 30, 2010

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In 2010, Shrouk decided to claim asylum as a refugee under the 1951 Geneva Convention to which the UK is a signatory. Her claim for asylum was dismissed by a Tribunal Court on the 25th of October 2010.

On hearing about the dismissal of her claim for asylum Shrouk stated: “I’m terrified about the possibility of being forcibly deported to Egypt. As a gay person, life in Egypt would be impossible for me. I would never be able to express my true self and would have to live my life in hiding.”

Shrouk fears that if she were to return to Egypt she would be persecuted by both the Egyptian authorities and by her own extended family. She is afraid that she will be forced into marriage, suffer Female Genital Mutilation #FGM# and risk an honour killing if she resists.

Egyptian law and culture, whilst not legally criminalising homosexuality, regularly persecutes and demonises gay and lesbian people. Criminal charges of sexual and moral depravity and police assault and intimidation are commonplace. The Egyptian authorities have stated that, “…homosexuality is socially detested and legally condemned and persecuted”.

via LGBT Asylum News: Action alert: Save the Shrouk.