Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island write of fear of persecution in PNG

Flag_of_Papua_New_Guinea.svgSeptember 24, 2014 – Reported by the Guardian.com – Gay asylum seekers detained by Australia on Manus Island have written of suicidal thoughts, experiences of sexual assault and fear of persecution in Papua New Guinea in a series of handwritten letters seen by Guardian Australia.

The six letters, written by four different men, paint a vivid portrait of life in the detention centre for gay asylum seekers – due to be resettled in PNG where homosexuality is illegal and can carry a jail term of over a decade.

Many of the men write of their decision to flee societies where they were persecuted for their sexuality and detail instances of abuse and bullying inside the Manus centre and in their lives before arriving in Australia.

The letters – all written by Iranian men and mostly in Farsi – were translated independently by Guardian Australia…

via Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island write of fear of persecution in PNG | World news | The Guardian.

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