A Muslim lesbian couple who claim that if they are deported from Canada back to their native Israel they will be killed has won a temporary reprieve in their legal fight.
The couple, Iman Musa and Majida Mugrabi, currently reside in Toronoto.
They reportedly arrived in Canada in 2007 and filed (so far unsuccessful) refugee claims that were appealed through to the Federal Court.
However, on March 8 the women won a review of their case when Judge Roger Hughes granted the couple another hearing by an Immigration and Refugee Board. This is based on new information that is purported to show that one of Mugrabi’s cousins previously confessed to the so-called “honor killing” of his sister 12 years ago.
The couple are reported to be relieved that their case is being reconsidered but still fear for their lives.
“As Muslim women, we don’t have any rights in our families,” the couple wrote. “The fact that we are lesbians does not help.”
The letter claimed Mugrabi’s grandfather is a Muslim sheikh, who “repeatedly threatened to kill her.” Musa’s brother, from Ramleh, has “threatened to kill her if she does not leave her lesbian relationship and marry a male,” the women alleged. “There are several police complaints regarding the threats of her brother.”
“Same sex relationships are not permitted or accepted in all Arabic countries,” they said. “There are many stories about honor killings and we are victims of this.”
The couple had previously offered information on the threats they faced from family members but, until this time, had not been able to prove those claims. It appears that they have now found at least enough evidence to merit a review of their application.
So far no date for the new hearing has been set.