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Mon Sep 2, 2019, 12:30 PM

UK Home Office refused thousands of LGBT asylum claims, figures reveal

Source: The Guardian

Home Office refused thousands of LGBT asylum claims, figures reveal

Exclusive: ‘culture of disbelief’ excludes at least 3,100 nationals from countries outlawing same-sex acts

Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent
Mon 2 Sep 2019 16.37 BST Last modified on Mon 2 Sep 2019 17.21 BST

The UK Home Office has refused at least 3,100 asylum claims from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nationals of countries where consensual same-sex acts are criminalised, figures show.

At least 1,197 LGBT Pakistanis were refused asylum after making a claim for protection on grounds of sexual orientation between 2016 and 2018, analysis by the Liberal Democrats of figures published by the Home Office found. A further 640 LGBT Bangladeshis and 389 Nigerians had their claims on same grounds refused during the period.

In Pakistan, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable with life in prison, while Amnesty reports that “transgender people continued to suffer harassment and violent attacks” there. In Bangladesh, Amnesty reports that “LGBTI activists continued to be routinely harassed and subject to arbitrary detention by state and non-state actors”.

In Nigeria, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in prison, and gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also outlawed. After Pakistan and Bangladesh, Nigeria produces the largest number of asylum claims based on sexual orientation.

Using data from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, the Lib Dems separated out countries where same-sex acts are criminalised. Applications for asylum on grounds of sexual orientation were also refused for nationals of Cameroon (136), Ghana (144), Iran (124) and Uganda (145). There were also refusals for nationals of Iraq, Jamaica and Malaysia.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/02/home-office-refused-thousands-of-lgbt-asylum-claims-figures-reveal

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