Pakistani refugee claimant Rahat Ali gets third chance to prove he is bisexual, secure status in Canada

Pakistani refugee claimant gets third chance to prove he is bisexual, secure status in Canada

The C.D. Howe Building, home to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, at 235 Queen St. in Ottawa, March 29, 2018.PHOTO: JEAN LEVAC/POSTMEDIA
Tyler Dawson
Published: December 11, 2018 – 5:12 PM

EDMONTON — A Pakistani man will, once again, have to go before a refugee board and attempt to prove he’s bisexual as part of his quest to secure refugee status in Canada.

In November, the Federal Court ruled that the refugee board had reasonably concluded that Rahat Ali’s claim that he was bisexual wasn’t credible. But, the court also said the board was incorrect in dismissing Ali’s fears that, should he return to Pakistan from Montreal, he faced mortal danger from the Taliban.

It was the second time the Federal Court decided Ali should get another hearing.

And so, said his lawyer, Dan Bohbot, he’ll go a third time before the refugee protection division to try and make his case for refugee status — including trying to prove his bisexuality and answering invasive questions about his sexual behaviour.

“It’s pretty demeaning to have to go through all these kinds of questions, and that’s exactly what homosexuals have to go through,” Bohbot said. “There’s this expectation that a homosexual who’s an immigrant or a refugee will have to go through certain steps in order to convince the board that he is.”

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