Gay Uzbekistan Native Granted Asylum, Escapes Persecution

Published: June 18, 2010

The Columbia University School of Law issued a statement announcing a grant of asylum to a gay Uzbekistan native supported by the university’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.

The United States Department of Homeland Security issued asylum to the man in the midst of widespread persecution of gay men in Uzbekistan. According to Uzbekistan criminal code, “homosexual conduct” is a crime warranting up to three years in prison.

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