7th November 2013
European Court of Justice rules gay asylum seekers can seek sanctuary in EU 10
11:51 AM — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that gay people from three African countries, who feared persecution due to their sexual orientation, have grounds for asylum in the EU.
31st October 2013
Ireland: Iranian gay asylum seeker allegedly raped by police officer’s son 4
12:36 PM — A gay asylum seeker who fled Iran for Ireland having allegedly been raped by a police officer’s son in his former country has won a legal challenge.
11th October 2013
Home Affairs Select Committee slams government on LGBT asylum policy 10
11:05 AM — The Home Affairs Select Committee says LGBT asylum seekers are still being ordered to "prove" their sexuality and Chairman Keith Vaz has strongly criticised the practice.
25th September 2013
Downing Street protest in support of LGBT asylum seekers 2
1:27 PM — A protest designed to raise awareness of the plight of LGBT asylum seekers will take place opposite Downing Street on Friday, campaigners have announced.
22nd July 2013
UK Border Agency accused of deporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation 8
3:42 PM — Often accused of deporting LGBT asylum seekers, the UK Border Agency is now accused of trying to deport two women who have refused to carry out Female Genital Mutilation in their respective African countries.
4th July 2013
Sweden: Pakistani court threatens head of LGBT group with life imprisonment over equal marriage support 27
4:38 PM — The head of an LGBT rights group in Sweden has been threatened with a lawsuit over the organisation's support for a same-sex marriage involving a Pakistani person.
3rd July 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Gambia this evening 6
11:40 AM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Gambia this evening.
9th April 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday 19
7:10 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday evening.
Ugandan asylum seeker freed from Bedfordshire detention centre
11:52 AM — A Ugandan female asylum seeker, who campaigners claim was raped by her father, has been freed from a detention centre in Bedfordshire.
29th March 2013
Ugandan asylum seeker has Heathrow deportation flight cancelled 9
10:16 AM — The deportation flight of a female asylum seeker to Uganda has been cancelled with just hours to spare against Friday’s deadline.
28th March 2013
UK Border Agency accused of trying to deport Ugandan female rape victim 3
3:52 PM — Human rights campaigners have once again accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of trying to deport a vulnerable female asylum seeker to Uganda.
5th March 2013
Malawian asylum seeker who claimed of being at risk of homophobic persecution deported from UK 15
1:34 PM — An asylum seeker from Malawi, who claimed he was at risk of homophobic persecution and said that the authorities in Malawi are looking to punish him for the actions of his father in the killing of a religious leader, has now been deported from the UK.
6th February 2013
Human rights lawyer: ‘LGBT asylum seekers feel pressured to film sex to prove their sexuality’ 13
3:06 PM — A leading human rights lawyer has criticised the UK Border Agency for subjecting LGBT asylum seekers to "inhuman and degrading" pressure to "prove" their sexual or gender identity.
29th January 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
9th January 2013
Student activist forced to justify sexuality in asylum case 14
1:06 AM — A member of the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee is to be brought before a hearing on his asylum in the UK, and has been asked to "prove" his sexuality.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
1st June 2012
Feature: Is South Africa failing gay asylum seekers? 10
4:56 PM — With South Africa facing a flood of LGBT refugees from all over the African continent, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack. In this feature article we investigate the gravity of the situation, its sources and possible solution.
5th May 2012
Gay man’s deportation to Cameroon halted 42
11:36 PM — The deportation of a man to Cameroon, who describes himself as gay, has been stopped, the BBC reports, after he refused to board a flight from London to Paris.
24th April 2012
Analysis: Sweden to deport trans woman assaulted and urinated on by Russian police 28
11:52 AM — As a Russian trans woman prepares to return to violence or worse if she is expelled from Sweden later this week, the latter country’s reputation as a less than welcoming place for the trans community is once more in the spotlight.