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Petition on Downing St website calls for review of gay asylum policy

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  1. About time too. I urge everyone to sign this. How can we possibly say we are a civilised country when we send people back to certain torture and death just because they are LGBT? Seems Iran has suspended stoneing to death today? WOW! How lucky but I imagine they will find some other nasty way instead; this is the 21st century! That sort of thing went out with the Ark (literally!)

  2. It is a puzzle why Peter Tatchell and now the Greens are running this one. I’ve been working at an immigration lawyers since 1996 and even then under the Tories, lesbian and gay refugees were being granted asylum. Iranians, Jamaicans, Nigerians, etc are routinely given leave to settle here. And the brilliant gay support groups for refugees arguably make it easier for them to settle in the UK than non-gay asylum seekers! I’m worried lest we send the wrong message to LGBTs being persecuted, that they should not consider applying to the UK for asylum.

  3. Robert, ex-pat Brit 6 Aug 2008, 2:29pm

    Well done, LGBT Greens! Michael, why do you find it puzzling that Peter Tatchell is involved? He’s been an advocate for equality, full civil rights and asylum rights for many years. No matter who occupies number 10, we’re not going to see much change. Many who post here really don’t give a damn about the plight of our fellow GLBT brothers and sisters and many are that cynical to claim that they are not genuine gay asylum seekers. I’d like to see them walk in the shoes of those who are trying to find a safe haven in the west. Do they really think these desperate people would put their lives in jeopardy knowing that the UK among others doesn’t grant asylum so easily only to deport them back to their oppressive societies to face even more persecution in some cases, death? There’s a lot of xenophobia going on here, lets not lose sight of that as well as internalised homophobia. Why aren’t the religious denominations intervening if they care so much about the dignity of human life and the injustice against humanity in other parts of the world? Where are they?

  4. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED 7 Aug 2008, 6:01am

    Robert, I agree.

    Some recent backpedaling by the EU and the consistently inhumane attitudes of both Labour and Tory governments creates a problem for asylum seekers, and one which is not being helped by the US.

    Here they’re trying to deport an HIV+ Pakistani. The retarded islamophobic judge deciding his case says he’ll be ok if he gets married and keeps his mouth shut. But what happens when he needs meds? Being gay is punishable by death in Pakistan. http://www.365gay.com/news/080508-gay-deportation/

    At the International AIDS Conference underway in Ciudad de México more testimony is being unearthed about the barbaric treatment of immigrant and imported Latino workers with AIDS by ICE, the US immigration police. One young woman was left untreated, chained to a bed, until she died of AIDS awaiting deportation by ICE. http://www.365gay.com/news/hiv-migrants-accuse-us-of-neglect/

    Anti-Latino sentiment in the US is as deep rooted and racist as islamophobia in some EU states.

    GLBT folks in the US, EU and other wealthy nations are duty bound to make a sustained effort to force our governments to create an open door policy for those seeking asylum and medical treatment. At the same time we have to be confrontational and unbending in our denunciation of racists and islamophobes in our midst

  5. Omar Kuddus 7 Aug 2008, 4:38pm

    Gayasylumuk wants more to sign petition to Gordon Brown.
    The campaigning group Gayaylum has already called on all those moved by the plight of the 19-yo Iranian Mehdi Kazemi to support other lesbian and gay asylum seekers at risk of return to torture and possible death.
    The group is calling on all British people outraged by government policy to sign the petition to Gordon Brown (at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Stopdeportinggay/).
    This petition, established by Durham Methodist minister Walter Attwood, says: ‘we the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned, tortured or executed because of their sexuality’.
    The petition has almost 3000 signatures but needs many more to achieve significance in the Number Ten petitions system, established by Downing Street to affect and inform policy.
    The group has also established an international petition to support Prossy Kakooza, a 26-year-old lesbian woman seeking asylum in the UK. She fled Uganda after suffering vicious sexual, physical and verbal attacks due to her sexual orientation. Her application has been refused with Prossy being told she can return and ‘be discrete’ when this is not an option in Uganda.International petition for Prossy http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ProssyKakooza/
    We are also highlighting the cases of:
    * Pegah Emambakhsh, an Iranian lesbian threatened by the British government with deportation to torture and possible death by stoning.
    * Gay Syrian refugee JoJo Jako Yakob, who fled his homeland two years ago after being arrested, shot and beaten.
    * Babakhan ‘Babi’ Badalov, a target of repression and persecution as an openly gay radical artist and poet in Azerbaijan.
    Their claims for asylum has all been dismissed.

  6. Omar Kuddus 7 Aug 2008, 5:09pm

    Gayasylum wants more to sign petition to Gordon Brown
    The campaigning group Gayaylum has already called on all those moved by the plight of the 19-yo Iranian Mehdi Kazemi to support other lesbian and gay asylum seekers at risk of return to torture and possible death.
    The group is calling on all British people outraged by government policy to sign the petition to Gordon Brown (at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Stopdeportinggay/).
    This petition, established by Durham Methodist minister Walter Attwood, says: ‘we the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned, tortured or executed because of their sexuality’.
    The petition has almost 3000 signatures but needs many more to achieve significance in the Number Ten petitions system, established by Downing Street to affect and inform policy.

  7. Robert,
    Just to clarify the Green petition has nothing to do with Peter(as the email below shows).
    Although having multiple petitions running on the same subject may show that different people are concerned about the same subject/ issue it does distract from people signing original petitions and the volume on each to reach the required target figures for the petition to work properly/ effectively.

    Thus it is requested that if necessary BOTH petitions be signed so that people are giving their support but effectively not allowing either of the petition to succeed.

    “The Greens petition has nothing to do with me.I am not involved.”
    “Best wishes,Peter”

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