Pegah is free! September 12, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, politics.
Great news: Pegah Emambakhsh, the iranian lesbian who had sought asylum in Britain, has been freed yesterday evening. She is now officially a refugee, and she is awaiting for a permit to live in Britain. For once, we witness how a strong popular reaction can change even an allegedly definitive decision by a government.
It is unclear whether the change of direction of the british government was directly a result of the strong public pressure or an indirect effect, maturated through the letter of Hans-Gert Poettering, the president of the european parliament, to Gordon Brown. Poettering officially asked Brown to deal with the case with the maximum urgency, to avoid an extradition which would mean a certain death.
One must not get discouraged at the thought that despite this small victory of reason over realpolitik, millions of women and men are still oppressed in various parts of the world because of their sexual preferences. One step at a time, the world will change – if we keep walking.