Thursday, October 21, 2010

Discrimination starts already in asylum centres (WTF)

Christian asylum seekers living temporarily in Dutch refugee centres are often threatened or physically abused by fellow refugees who are Muslims, according to a support group. The Christian group, the Gift Foundation (Stichting Gave) presented its findings on Dutch public TV on Tuesday.

Christian Union MP Joël Voordewind said he was "shocked" by the reported incidents, particularly given the vulnerability of Muslim converts to Christianity who left Islamic countries for religious reasons. "They fled to the Netherlands because of their beliefs and should be safe here. It's terrible that they are being oppressed," Mr Voordewind said.
Immigration Minister Gerd Leers, reacting to the TV report and to questions in the Lower House, said the findings are a serious warning signal and he will investigate whether measures need to be taken.

Next to that, a Dutch group is pushing for measures to protect homosexual asylum seekers from intimidation and violence while they are awaiting decisions on their residence requests. Amsterdam’s Secret Garden Foundation, which champions the interests of Muslim gays, says many face problems from other inmates in refugee centres. It also believes the asylum procedure for gays should be eased.
Most homosexuals who flee their home countries have been seriously traumatised, says Secret Garden. This means it is difficult for them to explain their plight openly when they arrive in the Netherlands. It also makes it hard to decide whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Families and authorities in their home countries, some of which deny that homosexuality exists, often refuse to provide evidence of their sexuality.
Secret Garden says interpreters should not come from the asylum seekers' home country or region. It also advises that gay asylum claimants should be given the benefit of the doubt until the question of their sexuality can be reliably sorted out by, for example, a psychologist experienced in the field.
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Day Opening - October 21

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