On Feb 19, 2016 Metro News reported: An international University of Winnipeg student who was disowned by his family after being outed as gay will find out if he gets to stay in Canada at an upcoming refugee hearing.
Hazim Ismail will plead his case before an adjudicator at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada with a lawyer on April 8. He is seeking permanent residency out of fear he’ll face persecution if he’s sent back home to Malaysia.
Ismail said he’s ‘extremely nervous’ about the hearing and hasn’t been able to sleep properly since finding out about it last Friday.
“It’s giving me a lot of anxiety,” Ismail, 27, said.
“At this point, I think I feel like I might as well have it tattooed on my forehead because I’m dreading that day.”
Ismail made headlines last December after starting a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of tuition after he was cut off by his family.
Ever since he’s been bombarded with hate mail, received death threats, and harassed by Malaysian media outlets.
On Tuesday, the negative publicity continued with Harian Metro, one of the country’s tabloids, publishing a blurred photo of his face on the front page and Facebook conversations he said were private.
“If you get a translator and read the latest article in the Malaysian Metro they’re shaming me…,” Ismail said.