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Iranian actress appeals against UK Home Office deportation decision: "An openly-gay actress from Iran is campaigning against the Home Office's decision to refuse her asylum, this week, because she will face execution in her homeland. Kiana Firouz, 26, has sought residency in Britain on the grounds that her sexuality is considered illegal and immoral under Islamic law. According to legislation in Iran, the punishment for lesbian sex is 100 lashes. If the act is repeated three times and punishment is enforced each time, the death sentence will apply on the fourth occasion. But the Home Office refused her request for asylum earlier this month, despite acknowledging her appeal was legitimate."

Sign the petition to support Kiana Firouz here.

This follows on the heels of the news that Britain—along with Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden—has been, according to Amnesty International, "forcibly repatriating Iraqis to 'extremely dangerous' parts of the country, in breach of United Nations guidelines." Many of the deportees are gay men, and women of any sexuality who have been accused of "un-Islamic" behavior.

Lend your voice to help save at least one woman from this fate. Support Kiana Firouz.

[H/T to CaitieCat.]

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