An appeals court has rejected the request for refugee status from an Algerian man who claims to be gay. The man, 42, whose name was withheld, came to Korea in August 2010 and applied for refugee status in November 2013. Saying he was gay, he claimed he would face persecution in his Muslim homeland where homosexuality is criminally punished. He claimed when he was in Algeria, he had been beaten or confined at schools and at work because of his sexual orientation. He said that after coming to Korea, he heard from his sister that neighbors in his hometown came to know he was gay and thus he could not go back.
August 18 / The KoreaTimes