Roig v. Holder (USA)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed a decision to send Pedro Rafael Roig, also known as Peter Roig, a native and citizen of Cuba, back to Cuba despite his claims that he would be tortured and abused because of his homosexuality.  The court noted that “(w)e need not, and do not, conclude that Cuba fully respects the equal rights of sexual minorities; we hold only that the agency’s conclusion that it is not more likely than not that Roig will be arrested on the basis of sexuality is supported by substantial evidence in the record.”  The court noted that Cuba is committed as a signatory to the United Nations Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in support of the argument that Cuba is not necessarily an unsafe place to be gay.

Roig v. Holder.