The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group’s (UKLGIG) fight to put the human rights abuses of LGBT people from around the world onto the agenda, has taken a big step forward with it’s appointment as an observer to the Advisory Panel on Country Information, APCI.

The APCI was set up to consider and make recommendations to the Home Secretary about the content of country information, which is produced by the Country of Origin Information Service, (COIS), at the Home Office.

UKLGIG will now input directly into the process of information gathering as it relates to human rights abuses of sexual minorities globally. It will be directing it’s researchers to feed information into the newly created LGBT section of the COI reports.

Sarah Booker of UKLGIG said “Our appointment as observer to the APCI is extremely significant as these COI reports are used by the Home Office and the Courts to decide LGBT asylum claims.

“We will be using our position to ensure that the reports are accurate and up to date”

UKLGIG is holding it’s next asylum seekers support meeting at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL at 1900 on Tuesday 5 December 2006.