Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gay Student Studying in Winnipeg Granted Refugee Status in Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gay Student Studying in Winnipeg Granted Refugee Status in Canada

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Gay student granted refugee status in Canada

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WINNIPEG - A foreign student studying at the University of Winnipeg is going to be allowed to stay in Canada.

Hazim Ismail is gay, which is illegal in his home country of Malaysia, and is also an atheist, which is not illegal but is frowned upon in the Muslim nation.

He says a story about him setting up a GoFundMe page in order to keep going to university in Canada ended up outing him against his will in the Malaysian media.

He applied for refugee status, saying he feared for his own safety if he were to return home, and on Tuesday he was granted it.

Last year, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made headlines for comparing the LGBT community to the terrorism group ISIS, calling them both enemies of Islam.

Ismail says it has been a troubling time, and it doesn't help that his family is not on his side. …

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