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UK Border Agency accused of deporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Jul 2013, 4:20pm

    Vile, disgusting!

  2. cromer resident 22 Jul 2013, 4:43pm

    I don’t doubt the news worthiness of this story – it seems an horrific case. However, I’m not sure why it is being reported on Pink News. The article doesn’t say that they women are lesbian or that their asylum claim is based on them being lesbian. The only LGBT link seems to be that their case is being taken up by the same campaign group who take up the cases of LGBT asylum claimants.

    1. Agreed. It then conflates comments made by Bryant relating to LGBT assylum seekers with this FGM story. As I recall Bryant was not asked about FGM by PN, so the mixing up of topics looks like more poor journalism.

      Still a horrendous case though.

  3. Lindsay Chihuahua 22 Jul 2013, 5:07pm

    If we were to give sanctuary to every single person who stood a chance of being harmed – mentally or physically – by Islam, we would have the inhabitants of all 57 Islamic countries here.

    1. A significant proportion of FGM is carried out by non-Muslims.

      UKBA guidance opposes your argument: “The fact that violence against women is common, widespread and culturally accepted in a particular society does not mean that protection on an individual basis is inappropriate. FGM, for example, is widely practised in some societies but it is a form of gender-based violence that inflicts severe harm, both mental and physical, and amounts to persecution. Each case should be considered on its own merits.”

      In any case, these women are not claiming they are at risk of FGM but that they are at risk of torture and death because of their opposition to it.

      If true, that is persecution on the grounds of political opinion. Opponents of FGM are taking a brave and principled stand for human rights, and deserve the protection of the UK.

      1. Lindsay Chihuahua 22 Jul 2013, 6:38pm

        “A significant proportion of FGM is carried out by non-Muslims”.

        Really? I didn’t know this! It’s unforgivable whoever is doing it, but who else is practising this heinous nonsense? I would be interested in their ‘reasons’ or ‘traditions’.

        Most asylum cases would vanish if the UK and other western countries took a ‘No Compromise’ stance with countries abusing human rights.

        If a country is sanctioning FGM, for example, why should it even be in the UN?

  4. This is not the responsibility of the United Kingdom, there are many Countries between here and Africa. We have too many asylum seekers already.

  5. John N.Y. Sannoh 26 Jul 2013, 4:22pm

    Some of these stories about people being hounded in their countries in Africa for FGM or for being gay are dubious. It is always an excuse to gain visas to developed countries or to gain permanent stay in those countries. A good background check of those stories will prove the porousness of their truthfulness.

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