Monthly Donation Plan
What is MDP?
MDP is an IRQR initiative that aims to provide aid and care for the most vulnerable and ‘at risk’ Iranian queer asylum seekers who have fled Iran to save themselves from possible torture, arrest, prosecution and death.
This initiative aims to create a community of friends and supporters who would be willing to provide a monthly donation to help support queer Iranian asylum seekers during part or all of their stay in transit countries before they are assigned to and settled in safe countries.
IRQR is a financially independent organization that receives no governmental support and is staffed and operated by volunteers. It relies solely on donations from individuals and human rights organizations in order to offer its services and programs. IRQR also to provides crisis support, counseling and resources for Iranian queers living in Iran and other transit countries. We also send affidavits and letters of support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and European governments on behalf of Iranian queer asylum seekers.
Why do Iranian queers flee their country?
Very few people leave their country, family and friends voluntarily, but for Iranian queer asylum seekers, the need to quickly flee Iran. If they do not flee Iran they will be persecuted by their own community. The Islamic Penal Code states that “Sodomy” or lavat—consummated sexual activity between males, whether penetrative or not—is punishable by execution, regardless of whether the partner is passive or active. Non-penetrative sexual activity can bring up to 100 lashes
What are the conditions of Iranian queer asylum seekers?
Most of the Iranian queer asylum seekers that IRQR supports are like many of the world’s refugees that escape to a transit country. They must wait for extended periods of time for a refugee status before re-settling into a supportive country. These asylum seekers have no source of income, no parental support, no work rights and no access to health resources or medication. They often live in crowded houses in countries such as Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Europe.
Their houses often have no heating or sanitary facilities. Most asylum seekers are young and highly educated individuals who have fled Iran due to threatened or ongoing violence and a fear of persecution for their sexual orientation.
They are often traumatized, tired, feeling destitute and in need of support like food, medical care, counseling and legal advice.
How can you help Iranian queer asylum seekers?
Asylum seekers often require assistance in order to pay for the basic necessities of life including food and shelter. The refugee process is a long and arduous one that also requires taxes and fees to be paid to the UNHCR to process applications. Funds and support are provided to refugees on a per-need basis. With your MDP membership, we will provide these basic necessities to a refugee in need. Please help our asylum seekers in bringing them to a country where they feel safe and valued.