Iranian Gay Man Assaulted at Seneca College at York

Published: November 29, 2011

Press Release

 Media Contact:  Arsham Parsi, IRQR’s Executive Director 416-548-4171,

(Toronto, November 29, 2011) On Friday, November 25th, 29 year old Seneca student Mojtaba was brutally assaulted on the Seneca College at York University Campus at around 11:30 am.  Mojtaba is a gay Iranian who fled his native Iran due to fears of persecution based on his sexual orientation and has been living in Toronto, Canada since August 2009. Police have charged a 21 year old suspect with assault with a weapon after Mojtaba suffered a verbal and physical assault and cut to his throat.

The 21-year-old student attacked Mojtaba while calling him a ‘faggot’ and shouted ‘go back to your country’.

Toronto Police Service and Seneca College are both investigating the incident, however the suspect continues to be seen on campus.

Mojtaba was granted asylum by Canada with the help of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees Inc (IRQR). IRQR has continued to aid Mojtaba through his transition to life in Canada and is deeply concerned about the impact that this experience will have on him. For refugees fleeing life-threatening homophobia in their native lands experiences of this nature can be that much more devastating as they believe themselves to finally be free of this type of persecution. IRQR will continue to offer support to Mojtaba and monitor the case.

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