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Archive for February 11th, 2009

Pegah Emambakhsh

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Readers will remember the case of Pegah Emambakhsh:

“LONDON, August 16, 2007 – A gay Iranian woman came within minutes of being put onto a non-stop flight to Tehran at Heathrow this evening as the UK Government’s Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) – part of the Home Office – went through the final process of deportation.

It was only the late intervention of the office of Sheffield Central Member of Parliament Richard Caborn – the Minister of Sport – that prevented the deportation today.

However, the deportation is only “on hold” until August 27, a spokesperson at Asylum Seeker Support Initiative in Sheffield told UK Gay News this evening.

Pegah Emambakhsh arrived in the UK in 2005 and sought asylum, having fled Iran after her same-sex partner was arrested and subsequently tortured and 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.

The claim for asylum was rejected by the BIA, despite her appeals. Ms. Emambakhsh was finally arrested in Sheffield last Monday and was taken on Wednesday to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Clapham, Bedfordshire.

If returned to Iran, Ms. Emambakhsh faces certain imprisonment and possible execution by stoning. Her ‘crime’ – she was in a lesbian relationship.”

News just in :

“We just heard today from Pegah’s solicitor that she has been granted refugee status. Wonderful, wonderful news.A great reward for all the hard work people put in to ensure she was not sent back to Iran. Will be in touch again but just wanted to share the good news immediately.Thanks to everyone.

Please post any messages of support on this site for Pegah to see.

Sincere thanks again.

The Friends of Pegah Group, UK”

Written by modernityblog

11/02/2009 at 22:13

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Technology And Means Of Exchange.

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I should post more on technology subjects, but in the interim here are two items that caught my eye:

Linux on Android G1 phones:

Hate Banks? No Bank account? No worries, use your mobile as BBC’s Digital Planet reports:

“Waimiru Gitahi reports on Kenya’s mobile banking system which allows people to send and receive money by SMS with no need for a bank account. The MPESA system is operated by the country’s largest mobile phone provider safaricom. How is the system changing how people across the country bank their money, pay for groceries, taxis or even their employees wages?”

Podcast of that programme.

Would Marx have predicted that?

Written by modernityblog

11/02/2009 at 03:11

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