Afghan atheist granted UK asylum
Owen BowcottAn Afghan man is believed to have become the first atheist to be granted asylum in the UK on the basis of his views on religion.
The 23-year-old, who has not been identified, feared that if forcibly returned to his homeland he would face persecution for having renounced his faith.
The Home Office's decision to accept denial of the existence of God as grounds for protection could set a significant precedent in asylum and immigration cases. The application was granted before the hearing stage at an immigration tribunal.
The Afghan was brought up as a Muslim and fled the conflict in his native country. He arrived in the UK in 2007, aged 16. He was initially given temporary leave to remain until 2013 but during his time in England gradually turned to atheism.
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"Afghan atheist granted UK asylum", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2014. Consulté le 21/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/afghan-atheist-granted-uk-asylum