No more hiding of homosexuality

Published: November 22, 2013

BRUSSELS – The EU Court of Justice delivered on 7 November a judgment clarifying various aspects of EU asylum law in its application to claims by gay asylum seekers from countries where homosexuality is criminalised.

The EU court in Luxembourg: sexuality is an integral part of people’s identity 
The media mostly focused on the fact that the court confirmed that people persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation form a “particular social group” in the sense of the Geneva convention and of EU law.
They also noted that the court considered that only when sanctions against homosexuals are applied can a country be considered to be persecuting them.

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