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Homosexual Asylum Seekers from The Maldives Face Prosecution Upon Return

Written by Rezwan On 6 June 2014 @ 2:25 am | 1 Comment

In Citizen Media, English, Ethnicity & Race, Gay Rights (LGBT), Human Rights, Law, Maldives, Quick Reads, South Asia

Same-sex relationships, civil unions, or domestic partnerships are illegal [1] in the Maldives under Sharia law and there are several cases of prosecution [2] against persons of same-sex orientation.

Ibrahim Muaz, a spokesman at the President’s Office [3] recently said that Maldivians seeking asylum abroad on grounds of religion or sexuality can be assured of prosecution should they return. The comments come in response to a story in the media that Abraham Naim [4], a homosexual Maldivian asylum seeker in New Zealand, has become an prize-winning drag queen [5].

Hilath [6], a secular blogger in Maldives, who was attacked [7] because he talked openly about [8] his sexual orientation is now living in exile in Sri Lanka. He informs via his blog [6] that conservative media of Maldives are painting Abraham Naim, the drag queen in exile, as an Islamaphobe [9] to launch a personal attack against him.

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[1] are illegal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_Maldives

[2] prosecution: http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/seven-arrested-for-homosexual-activity-in-the-maldives.html

[3] President’s Office: http://minivannews.com/politics/maldivian-asylum-seekers-assured-of-prosecution-upon-return-says-presidents-office-86360

[4] Abraham Naim: https://www.facebook.com/abraham.w.naim?fref=ts

[5] has become an prize-winning drag queen: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/10111668/Gay-refugee-wins-drag-pageant

[6] Hilath: http://hilath.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/now-no-foreign-governments-can-deny-any.html

[7] who was attacked: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/trouble-in-paradise-the-darker-side-of-the-maldives-8567893.html

[8] talked openly about: http://www.hilath.com/?p=11898

[9] as an Islamaphobe: http://hilath.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/i-do-apologize-to-ali-rameez-but-only.html

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