On May 5, 2017 CBC News Manitoba reported: After a months-long application process that culminated in a 15-minute adjudication, Samer Habib’s refugee application has been approved.
The 23-year-old man from Egypt applied for refugee status in February, afraid for his life if he returned to his home country because he is gay.
On Friday, Habib and an adjudicator from B.C. completed the final questioning and the adjudicator told him her answer — yes.
“It was amazing. I was ecstatic,” Habib said, sitting next to his boyfriend, Giovanny Penner. “We started crying and we hugged each other, and everyone in the room started getting emotional.
“Penner, who waited outside the room before being called in to hear the decision, said he was trembling when it was delivered.
“We’re definitely going to be sleeping well tonight,” he said. “We’ve been up long nights, sleepless nights, with the case. Definitely we will be enjoying our rest tonight, that’s for sure.
Habib said he hopes other LGBT refugee claimants like him know His case was the first in the province to be processed since new guidelines for evaluating LGBT refugee claimants were brought in for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, said his lawyer, Bashir Khan.
Khan has called the new guidelines “revolutionary.”