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Rights denied

In a new British film, Cul-de-Sac, Iranian actress Kiana Firouz plays a lesbian seeking asylum in Britain. The Home Office rejects her application and sends her back to Iran, where homosexuality receives the punishment of flogging, execution, or both. The film mirrors Kiana’s life, At the time of writing, Kiana is “in incredible danger, not only because she’s clearly gay but because the film does not show the Iranian authorities in a good light. They will probably seek to make an example of her,” said one of her legal representatives. On 20 May, a couple in Malawi were jailed for 14 years with hard labour for the crime of committing unnatural acts and gross indecency - being gay.

Topics: Human rights