25-year-old Amir has been detained on Manus Island since November 2013. He fled Iran after he was caught having sex with his boyfriend. Amir abandoned his claim for protection in Papua New Guinea after the 2014 riots in the detention centre. "After the riots, I was terrified," he wrote in a prepared statement of facts viewed by BuzzFeed News. "I decided I could not proceed with my claim for protection in PNG because I also feared violence and persecution here for my sexuality."
May 23 / BuzzFeedNews