July 17, 2012
The Dutch government, recognizing the increasingly dangerous situation LGBT Iraqis face in their home country, announced this week that it would open its doors to gay asylum seekers. Reports Radio Netherlands Worldwide: Mr Leers had already announced a temporary halt to the deportation of gay Iraqis last month following an alert from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry warned that it was impossible to be openly gay anywhere in Iraq without being at serious risk. The Iraqi authorities also fail to take any measures to stop discrimination or attacks on homosexuals.