Human Rights Campaign (HRC) joined five other national advocacy organizations in an appeal urging the Biden administration to expedite and ease the refugee and asylum process for LGBTQI Afghans following the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan.
HRC — along with the Council for Global Equality, Immigration Equality, IRAP, Rainbow Railroad, and ORAM — layout ten policy recommendations designed to improve the refugee and asylum process for LGBTQI Afghans, who have long been the target of extreme hostility and punishment by the Taliban.
The new regime in Afghanistan — and its strict interpretation of Sharia law — has raised international concerns regarding the safety of vulnerable populations, particularly women, religious and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI Afghans as well as Americans and foreign nationals who remain in the country.
Even though same-sex conduct was already criminalized before the Taliban took control, the new regime’s mandate to rule using Sharia law makes the fate of LGBTQI Afghans even more precarious and subject to the death penalty. An exodus of LGBTQI refugees has commenced and will likely expand.
The appeal, which was sent to President Biden on September 2, urges his administration to adopt ten policy positions to increase its immediate-, medium-, and long-term efforts on behalf of the vulnerable LGBTQI community in Afghanistan. The policy recommendations are:
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