Pegah Emambakhsh

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Pegah Emambakhsh is a 40-year-old Iranian lesbian. She became a refugee in the United Kingdom in 2005 to escape Iranian prosecution against homosexuality, after her partner was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death by stoning.[1][2][3] At first, her asylum demand was refused by the UK government. Emambakhsh was arrested on 13 August 2007 by the UK authorities in Sheffield.[4] Her deportation to Teheran was planned for the 28 August.[2] After a campaign and a protest involving several homosexual and human rights organizations like Amnesty International, Emambakhsh was freed on September 11 and is now a refugee awaiting asylum.[5]

On 7 March 2008 it was reported [6] that Pegah Emambakhsh may be deported to Iran after losing the latest round in her battle to be granted asylum. If this happens then she faces a possible death penalty, on the grounds of her sexual orientation.

Pegah is also mother of two children.[7]

Pegah has now been granted asylum on the 11th of February 2009 and will be allowed to remain in the UK. [8]

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