Comment: Finland has deported between 2008 and 2010 ten homosexuals to countries where they could receive harsh punishment for belonging to such a sexual minority, according to YLE in English.
The Finnish Immigration Service denies such allegations.
Homosexuality is seen as a crime in over 70 countries carrying even the death penalty.
“It was surprising that the decision’s are there with detailed information about the countries, but it was decided that people were not in serious danger and could be deported,” says researcher Outi Lepola.
It is not the first time that Finland has been accused of sending asylum seekers to countries where they could face harsh punishment. During the cold war, Soviet asylum seekers were deported back to the USSR, where they were interned in mental asylums or sentenced to hard labor.
The Centre for Torture Survivors in Finland, has accused the Finnish Immigration Service (FIS) of deporting refugees who have suffered torture to their home countries.
Finland has deported asylum seekers to countries where they could be put to death for their sexual orientation, in violation of international agreements. Some have been told to conceal their sexuality to ensure they remain safe.