Stop the deportation of Pegah Emambakhsh

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HO ref. B1191057

Dear Home Secretary,

We the undersigned petition the Home Secretary to reconsider Pegah Emambakhshs case and grant her permission to stay in the UK. If returned to Iran she faces certain imprisonment and possibly stoning to death. Her crime in Iran is her sexual orientation she was in a relationship with another woman.

Pegah Emambakhsh is an Iranian national who sought asylum in the UK in 2005. Her claim failed despite appeals and she was arrested in Sheffield on Monday 13th August and taken to Yarlswood detention centre. She is likely to be deported back to Iran in the near future.

Ms Emambakhsh escaped from Iran, claiming asylum after her partner was arrested, tortured and it is feared has been sentenced to death by stoning. Her father has also been arrested, tortured and interrogated about Pegahs whereabouts, he has since been released.

According to Iranian Human Rights Campaigners over 4000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs came to power in 1979.

Other European countries (including Germany and Holland) have a moratorium on deporting gay people back to Iran. We urge you to take action on behalf of Ms Emambakhsh and stop her deportation back to a country where there is no doubt she will be persecuted, prosecuted and possibly stoned to death.