A gay Moroccan who is HIV-positive is facing deportation from the UK after his claim for asylum was rejected, despite homosexuality being punishable by up to three years in jail in the north African nation. Abderrahim, 25, sought asylum in May after being the subject of verbal abuse and death threats because of his sexual orientation. The Home Office has rejected his application and his appeal was dismissed by a first-tier tribunal judge earlier this month. He had to leave Morocco after the authorities were infuriated by him and a group of other activists who were trying to formally set up a pro-LGBT organisation called Akaliyat (minorities).
October 26 / The Guardian