UKLGIG: HOME SECRETARY MUST TACKLE ‘APPALLING’ HOMOPHOBIC ABUSE OF
GAY, LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL ASYLUM SEEKERS
28 OCTOBER 2014
The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) urges the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to tackle homophobic abuse experienced by gay, lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers in immigration detention centres and community accommodation.
In an article published by VICE today, two gay men who fled persecution in Pakistan recount homophobic bullying and abuse during the asylum process. One described detention centres as being “totally unsafe” for LGBTI people after being subjected to weeks of abuse and sexual harassment. Another endured months of bullying and violence in community accommodation.
Paul Dillane, UKLGIG Executive Director, said –
Notes to Editor
1. The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is the only national charity dedicated to supporting, and advocating for the rights of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people seeking asylum in the UK. Founded in 1993, UKLGIG provides support to in excess of 1,000 LGBTI people seeking asylum every year.
2. In September 2014, UKLGIG gave evidence to the Parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, hosted by the APPG on Refugees and the APPG on Migration, and expressed serious concern about the experiences of LGBTI people in immigration detention in the UK. Submission here –
3. In March 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine CBE QPM, to conduct an investigation into the Home Office’s handling of sexual orientation asylum claims. In a report published last week, the Chief Inspector found over a tenth of interviews contained questions of an unsatisfactory nature and made a series of recommendations to improve asylum decision-making. Report here –
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