Iranian Lesbian Wins Asylum in Britain

Refugee fled after girlfriend sentenced to death by stoning
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2009 6:07 AM CST
Iranian Lesbian Wins Asylum in Britain
Gay rights proponents rally for Pegah Emambakhsh, an Iranian lesbian, in a protest Monday outside the British embassy, in Rome, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A woman who fled Iran for Britain after her girlfriend was arrested has won her battle for asylum in the UK. In 2007 Pegah Emambakhsh was refused asylum, but gay rights groups claimed that she would be executed if she was forced to return to Iran and led a campaign to overturn the ruling. She is the second gay Iranian to receive asylum in Britain—last year a 20-year-old who faced a death sentence was allowed to remain.
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