The organisation UKLGIG have made really useful video resources about claiming asylum if you are LGBTQI+.
According to the Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo, the Ugandan government is intending to re-table the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, that threatened to become law five years ago.
Reuters news agency reports that the bill will be re-introduced in parliament in the coming weeks and is expected to be voted on before the end of the year.
As LGBT History Month draws to a close, it seems timely to review the progress – and lack of it – in the treatment of… Read more »
In February 2015, the Home Office issued new asylum policy guidance on sexual identity issues in asylum interviews.
This policy guidance can be seen as a positive step in Home Office attempts to address this unacceptable situation. Policy guidance, however, is not necessarily the same as what happens in practice.
To be granted refugee status in the UK you need to prove that you have a well-founded fear that, if you were returned to your country of origin, you would be persecuted for one of the reasons covered by the Refugee Convention, and that the government/authorities in your country could not protect you from this persecution.
Since the landmark 2010 Supreme Court judgment in which it was ruled the Home Office could not tell LGBTI asylum-seekers that they could go back to their country of origin and ‘live discreetly’, the Home Office has shifted its tactics in refusing asylum claims.
A ruling from the European Court of Justice in November 2013 has divided lawyers and campaigners: was it a positive judgement for the rights of LGBTI asylum seekers, or not?