A man from Bangladesh claimed in his asylum proceedings that he is homosexual and lives in a homosexual partnership. In his country of origin, homosexual relationships are illegal. He wanted to publicly affirm his sexual orientation, but this would result in persecution in Bangladesh.

In its decision of January 2021, the Federal Administrative Court rejected the man’s application for international protection. According to the court, the complainant had not been able to substantiate a concrete threat situation in his country of origin. At the same time, the court ruled that “it must also be stated that the complainant has obviously found contact with the homosexual scene in Austria and now has regular contact with a homosexual Austrian.” The country findings cited by the Federal Administrative Court indicated that homosexual acts in Bangladesh can be punished with life imprisonment.

The appeal filed to the Constitutional Court on behalf of my client challenged the contradictory and incomplete nature of the contested decision and was successful: