下記のモデルレターに自分の名前と住所を付け加えて使ってもよいですが、自分でレターを作成する場合はペガーのケース番号「Home Office reference number: B1191057」を必ず書くようにしてください。
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To: Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings
2 Marsham Street
Fax no: 020 7035 4745
Dear Home Secretary,
Re: Pegah Emambakhsh – H.O ref: B1191057 – Removal Directions 21.35 Tuesday 28th August 2007
Pegah Emambakhsh is an Iranian woman who sought asylum in the UK in 2005. She is being held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre pending deportation on Tuesday 28 August 2007 at 21.35 on British Airways flight BA6633 to Iran.
If returned to Iran, Pegah faces imprisonment and possibly stoning to death. Her crime in Iran is her sexual orientation - she was in a relationship with another woman. Pegah escaped from Iran, claiming asylum, after her partner was arrested, tortured and subsequently sentenced to death by stoning. Her father was also arrested and interrogated about her whereabouts. He was eventually released but not before he had been tortured himself.
Pegah has a more than well-founded fear of persecution if she is returned to Iran. She belongs to a group of people – gays and lesbians – who, it is well known, are severely persecuted in Iran. A change of president at about the time of Pegah's first refusal on Appeal in 2005 has since led to a more conservative and hard line regime in Iran. In 2006 a German court ruled that an Iranian lesbian could not be deported as she risked death because of her sexuality.
The UK Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) have chosen not to believe that she is in danger if returned to Iran, even though they are well aware of the terrible situation gay people face there. Quoting the Islamic Punishment Act, the Home Office, Iran Operational Guidance, 27 Feb 2007, says "Art. 127 to 134 relate to lesbian sexual relations. Punishment for sexual intercourse among lesbians is 100 lashes and in case of recidivity (3 times) execution."
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), in a letter from Kim Howells to Linda McAvan MEP 15.8.07 regarding another matter, acknowledges that “Iran's human rights record is poor and deteriorating” and they have concerns about Iran's increasing use of the death penalty, public executions and the possibility of death by stoning; Kim Howells also writes in the same letter that the FCO "policy on the death penalty is clear - we oppose it in all forms”
In addition, Pegah's stated sexual orientation has been picked up on the Internet, including translations into Persian and Farsi. This makes Pegah not only a self-confessed lesbian but also an internationally high profile one. This week Pegah's story has been taken up by a mainstream domestic Iranian news-site, said to have government sponsorship.
Despite serious mental health problems, Pegah has been an active member of the community in Sheffield, volunteering for a refugee-support organization, the Northern Refugee Centre. She is well respected and those who know her and work with her take her claims of persecution if returned to Iran seriously.
Pegah's GP warned that she "would be likely to experience a total psychological breakdown” if she were to be deported. Please act now to stop Pegah being deported to a country where there is little doubt she will be persecuted, prosecuted and possibly stoned to death.
With the intervention of Pegah's constituency MP, Richard Caborn, an attempt to deport Pegah last week was deferred until Tuesday. Since then, Pegah's new solicitors have received new evidence and expert testimonies and intend to make a fresh claim for asylum. The BIA will be committing a serious miscarriage of justice and a gross human rights violation if they insist on Pegah’s deportation.
Home Office officials dealing with Pegah’s have ignored their own Home Office guidance: “Where an individual claimant demonstrates that their homosexual acts have brought them to the attention of the authorities to the extent that on return to Iran they will face a real risk of punishment which will be so harsh as to amount to persecution s/he should be granted refugee status as a member of a particular social group." - Home Office, Iran Operational Guidance, 27 February 2007.
I would respectfully request that you release Pegah from detention and return her to her Sheffield community and reconsider Pegah’s case on Compassionate grounds and if so minded grant Pegah leave to remain.