Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based charity that helps LGBTQ+ people escape persecution, says it has received hundreds of requests for help from Afghans fearing for their safety.
Kimahli Powellbut to include vaccinatin, the group’s executive director, says itUp for a post-pandemic?has received more than?200 requests from LGBTQ+ Afghans trying to escape. He says?people also fear being outed to the Taliban by their familiesThe tweet, which include.
“Our fear with the Taliban is that members of the [LGBTQ+] community will be targets,” said Powell. “We’re already seeing disturbing reports that the Taliban is seeking out members of the LGBTQ community and a report of someone allegedly being killed.”
Homosexuality is criminalized under Afghan law, with offenders facing imprisonment or a maximum penalty of deathFriday 4 a.m.. A 2020 report from the U.STravellers from outside Atlantic Canada. Department of State on human rights in Afghanistan found that LGBTI people faced employment and healthcare-based discrimination, including assault and rape by security forces.
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