An asylum seeker who claims she would be at risk in her native country Uganda and subjected to homophobic persecution if removed is being prepared for deportation today evening at 8pm from Heathrow Airport.
Named as ‘Mary K’, Movement for Justice (MFJ) a charity has said that she had come to Britain – a country that has signed numerous international declarations on LGBT rights – in order to escape persecution and be able to live safely without having to hide her sexuality.
The UK Border Agency has been initiating many deportations of asylum seekers to Uganda and one such case an asylum seeker named ‘Chritine’, had her flight cancelled and earlier this week had been released from detention.
However, others have not been as lucky.
Jackie Nanyonjo, a lesbian who was deported back to Uganda in January died in March in the African country.
Research published last week from the University of Southampton showed LGBT asylum seekers were regularly being asked “inappropriate and insensitive” questions by UK immigration judges.
Though there the UKBA had undergone reforms it still was mishandling LGBT asylum cases the Human Rights Campaigners have said.
A recent Anti Homosexuality Bill proposed in Uganda was opposed by a US delegation and they tried to isolate it but the efforts did not fructify.
The bill recommends long jail sentences for those convicted of homosexual acts and in certain cases has suggested the death penalty.
A Ugandan female asylum seeker, who campaigners claim was raped by her father and subsequently gave birth to his child, has been freed from a detention centre in Bedfordshire.
Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (MFJ) say it’s yet another example of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) attempting to deport both LGBT and straight asylum seekers to countries where they face violent persecution.
MFJ have been fighting against the removal of an asylum seeker who goes by the name of Christine.
Christine was due to be deported to Uganda on Friday 28 March onboard a Kenya Airlines flight, however, it was cancelled with just hours to spare, with the group claiming that lobbying efforts at Kenya’s embassy had been successful.