Alvaro Orozco, 22, has been holed up at a friend’s place since Thursday, when his refugee claim was denied, but came out briefly over the weekend to speak to CBC News.
“Most of the time, I’m hiding because I’m not supposed to be anywhere. I feel like a fugitive. It’s really bad,” said Orozco.
He based his refugee claim on the fact that it is against the law to be gay in Nicaragua, where an anti-sodomy law was enacted in 1992.
“It wasn’t like lots of countries where they still have the laws, but they’re like residues of old times and they’re not acted upon. [The law] was a clear intention to persecute people and actually this does happen to this day,” said Suhail Abulsameed of Support Our Youth, a gay support group in Toronto that has been helping Orozco.
NDP MP Olivia Chow has also taken up the case, and is pressuring Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley to allow the Nicaraguan man to stay in Canada.
At this point, his last chance is to be accepted under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Please contact Immigration Minister Diane Finley and ask that she let Orozco remain in Canada.
Parliament Hill Office:
Simcoe Riding Office:
Dunville Riding Office:
Update: Will update contact info if Finley gets shuffled out of Immigration on Tuesday.