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Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
LGBT people’s asylum requests often rejected
Added: Monday, September 5, 2011, 10:20
Gay asylum seekers who fear persecution because of their sexual orientation are often rejected on the basis of prejudices and stereotypes. This happens throughout Europe, including the Netherlands, researchers of the COC and the Free University in Amsterdam say.
According to them there is a trend. As an example they name officials not believing that an applicant is gay because he does not behave pansy-like enough or lesbian women of whom is expected that they know exactly what the penalty in their country on sex between women is.
Asylum seekers are regularly sent back with the advice to keep their sexual orientation a secret in their country of origin.
According to the researchers in assessing the asylum claim it is insufficiently taken into account that homosexuality is illegal in many countries. “Asylum seekers from such countries should in principle be granted asylum”, the researchers say.
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