An asylum seeker who fears for his life will be deported to Guinea

An asylum seeker who claims to fear for his life because of his sexual orientation will likely be deported to Guinea this Saturday, August 3. Despite the abundance of evidence that his lawyer says he has, the Federal Court refuses to grant a stay of the one identified under the pseudonym Karim for security reasons.
M E Stewart Istvanffy confirmed in an email sent to The Canadian Press the refusal of the court. In a statement from the Immigrant Workers’ Center, the decision fell at 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

According to the organization, the ultimate hope of Guinean lies in the intervention of the federal Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, or his colleague from Public Safety, Ralph Goodale.

Minister Hussen has already intervened for the first time in 2017, when he canceled Karim’s first deportation and granted him a six-month temporary residence permit. The renewal of this residence permit was subsequently refused.

Just one week away from the Pride Montreal Festival, scheduled to begin August 8, several organizations that support Karim see it as a clear example of how difficult it is for people in the LGBTQ + community to enforce their rights.

Karim fled Guinea to seek refugee status in Canada after his family and the opposition political party in which he was active discovered his bisexuality. Married and father of a family, he lived a kind of double life in secret.

He claims to have been tortured and threatened. His wife, who continues to support him, has to hide with their children to escape threats, according to Meriem Benslimane of Action LGBTQ with immigrants and refugees. She recalls that homosexuality is criminalized in Guinea.

At a press conference last Sunday, Karim implored the Canadian government to help him. “I am not a criminal. All I ask is protection, “begged the young man.

Since his family has denied him, his political party has denounced him and his friends have abandoned him, he sees only one possible scenario if he is deported to Guinea.

“It’s death waiting for me. Just that.”

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