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NETHERLANDS. IRANIAN GAYS CAN STAY - FOR THE TIME BEING

April 13, 2006: the Netherlands Parliament has rebuffed a call by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk to end a moratorium on the deportation of gay asylum seekers from Iran.
Last year Verdonk halted extraditions of gays to Iran in the wake of reports two gay teens were hanged after being found found "guilty of homosexuality". 
But in January, in a letter to lawmakers, she said that while gay sex was punishable by death under Islamic law an investigation into the hangings had determined that the pair were hanged not because they were gay but because they had robbed, kidnapped and raped a minor.
Although Iran maintained robbery and rape were behind the executions all along many international human rights organizations believed it to be "a smokescreen".  Other groups that monitor Iran said the government explanation was most likely correct.
Verdonk's position was opposed by a wide variety of politicians in Parliament and by Dutch LGBT rights group COC. Without the support of Parliament she said that she would continue to grant asylum to gay Iranians but would "reassess" the situation in the fall.
That has raised concerns by COC.
"But what is going to happen in six months? Some of them face death sentences and are left in great uncertainty over their future," said COC chair Frank van Dalen.
He called on Verdonk to meet with gay Iranians who are living in the Netherlands so she can hear firsthand what it is like in the Islamic Republic. (Sources: 365Gay.com, 13/04/2006)

SPAIN. CHINA RATIFIES EXTRADITION TREATY WITH SPAIN, NOT TO EXECUTE REPATRIATES
EQUATORIAL GUINEA. MAN SHOT IN PRISON FOR MURDER
SOUTH KOREA. NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR SEEKS TO STOP BROTHER'S EXECUTION
INDONESIA. FIVE AUSTRALIAN DRUG CONVICTS GET REDUCED SENTENCES, DEATH PENALTY UPHELD FOR RINGLEADERS
CHINA. 10 PEOPLE EXECUTED AHEAD OF LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
SOUTH KOREA. SERIAL RAPIST SENTENCED TO DEATH
DRC. MINORS SIT ON DEATH ROW
CHINA. TRADE OFFICIAL EXECUTED FOR CORRUPTION
NEVADA, USA. MAN EXECUTED FOR RAPING, KILLING RENO WOMAN IN 1988
UGANDA. ARMY COURT SENTENCES TO DEATH MUSEVENI GUARD
THE PHILIPPINES. DEATH PENALTY LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL, CHIEF JUSTICE
IRAN. MAN HANGED FOR MURDER, 'THUG' FLOGGED
NORTH CAROLINA, USA. MAN EXECUTED FOR '83 MURDER
FLORIDA, USA. HOUSE PASSES BILL TO END TIME LIMIT ON DNA TESTS FOR INMATES
IRAQ. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER BOMBING OF UN HEADQUARTERS
IRAQ. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KIDNAPPING
IRAN. AFGHAN PRISONER HANGED IN CENTRAL IRAN
THE BAHAMAS. DEATH PENALTY HANDED DOWN IN HISTORIC SENTENCING
IRAN. MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC FOR KILLING LOCAL COMMANDER
CHINA, IRAN, SAUDI, US MAIN EXECUTIONERS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
CHINA. CHINA “SELLING PRISONERS' ORGANS”, BRITISH TRANSPLANTATION SOCIETY
IRAN. TEN 'CONVICTED MURDERERS' HANGED
THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT WOULD SUPPORT BILL TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
OKLAHOMA, USA. MAN EXECUTED FOR 1996 TRIPLE MURDER
THE PHILIPPINES. PRESIDENT COMMUTES ALL DEATH SENTENCES
COUNCIL OF EUROPE MAY EXPEL U.S., JAPAN OVER DEATH PENALTY
IRAN. MAN HANGED FOR ADULTERY, DRUG DEALING
PAPUA NEW GUINEA. DEATH PENALTY COULD BE ABOLISHED
VIETNAM. MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
PAKISTAN. COURT ADMITS APPEALS IN MUSHARRAF ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT CASE

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