Urgent: stop gay asylum seeker being deported


4:39 pm - August 16th 2011

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This circular was sent out by LGBT Asylum News today

Robert Segwanyi is a Ugandan gay asylum seeker who was jailed and tortured yet the UK Border Agency wants to remove him this Thursday, 18 August.

This is despite evidence that Robert is “obviously gay”, despite a highly respected psychologist Professor Cornelius Katona saying he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from his treatment in Uganda, and despite the backing of Robert’s MP, Mike Hancock.

Please help by signing the petition at Change.org or by contacting Home Secretary Theresa May personally.

The UKBA, in writing to Hancock, is standing by an Immigration Judge’s decision last year that:

Even if I am wrong regarding the Appellant’s homosexuality I see no reason to depart from the [then] current country guidance” – this guidance being that “the evidence does not establish that in general there is persecution of homosexuality (sic) in Uganda.

This country guidance was changed in February and now reflects the actual situation for gays in Uganda.

Ugandan gay refugee John Bosco met Robert before he was in Haslar detention centre near Portsmouth and has remained in phone contact. He says:

Robert is in tears and terrified.

It’s a really bad time for him and as a gay Ugandan, I know how hard it is to be gay in Uganda as I was arrested and tortured by police. Many people have been beaten by the public as soon as you have been labelled being gay. When I was deported by the British, you handed me back to government officers and this is what exactly happened to me. I was beaten up really badly.

UK Border Agency are refusing to accept John’s evidence as new as well as other evidence on the deteriorating conditions for LGBT in Uganda.

He has been refused a fair consideration of his case. His campaigners are supporting him in keeping him safe in the UK.

We are urging the Home Secretary to re-examine his case and give him protection in the UK.
You can contact the Home Secretary at:

Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department,
2 Marsham St
London SW1 4DF
Fax: 020 7035 4745
mayt@parliament.uk
UKBApublicenquiries@UKBA.gsi.gov.uk

Please don’t forget to quote Robert’s Home Office reference number which is # S1457269

More info – LGBT Asylum News

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Thank you Sunny and Liberal Conspiracy for your support. We – and Robert – really appreciate it.

We are now also targeting the airline!

Sign up here to protest Kenya Airways transporting LGBT refugees back to danger > http://www.change.org/petitions/kenya-airways-stop-removing-gay-asylum-seekers-to-uganda


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