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     Man alleging homophobic attacks in native St. Kitts could be deported from Canada

December 30, 2015
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A man born in St. Kitts and Nevis is facing deportation from Canada, after reportedly fleeing his homeland believing he was the target of homophobia. 31-year old Rolston Ryan has had his bid for asylum denied by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. According to the Toronto Star, Ryan said that he would “face a serious possibility of persecution” as a gay man if he returned to his homeland. But the Board argued that “the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis provides adequate protection to its citizens.” Another appeal to the refugee appeal tribunal was also rejected in 2014 on the same grounds. Ryan, who was reportedly attacked twice by mobs in St. Kitts and Nevis, came to Canada in 2013, with help from the Toronto-based group, Rainbow Railroad. He was sheltered for five months in Toronto by a lawyer, Joel Dick, and his wife, Dara Douma. Ryan, who now works in a Toronto bakery factory, says he is thankful for places to help people like him. The Star is also reporting that a new challenge against the appeal tribunal’s latest decision will be made in federal court.
(Image source: Toronto Star)

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