23rd October 2014
Report calling for better training of gay asylum caseworkers welcomed by lawyer 2
6:10 PM — A report highlighting the need of the Home Office to end the practice of asking gay asylum seekers inappropriate questions has been welcomed by one of the country’s leading asylum lawyers.
Gay asylum group calls on Home Office to take ‘urgent’ action following critical report 4
3:07 PM — A review revealing that gay asylum seekers have been subjected to stereotyping and inappropriate questions by Home Office caseworkers requires “urgent consideration”, a leading campaign group says.
Report tells Home Office: Don’t ask gay asylum seekers ‘sexually explicit questions’ 19
12:55 PM — The Home Office “must ensure” caseworkers do not ask gay asylum seekers “sexually explicit questions”, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has warned.
22nd October 2014
LGBT asylum review set to be published in Parliament
5:54 PM — A review into LGBT asylum policy by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Sir John Vine, is due to be published in Parliament on Thursday.
11th September 2014
Scottish Greens: UK treatment of LGBT asylum seekers is ‘brutal and inhumane’ 14
4:26 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie, says successive governments at Westminster have failed to protect the rights of LGBT asylum seekers.
16th July 2014
Lawyer: UK has ‘long way to go’ in protecting LGBT asylum seekers 2
4:30 PM — A leading barrister says the UK has "a long, long way to go" when it comes to protecting those fleeing homophobic persecution.
10th July 2014
Home Office defends deportation of gay asylum seeker to Cameroon 4
2:47 PM — The Home Office has defended the pending deportation of a gay asylum seeker to Cameroon, as the department is criticised by a senior judge.
9th July 2014
Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker and LGBT campaigner faces deportation on Sunday 2
3:54 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Sunday.
19th June 2014
UK Government: We don’t know how many LGBT asylum seekers were deported last year 8
3:41 PM — Baroness Susan Williams admits the government does not know how many Ugandan asylum claims were made on the basis of sexual orientation in 2013.
23rd May 2014
Home Office halts deportation of Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker 6
11:03 AM — The deportation of a lesbian asylum seeker to Uganda has been halted.
11th February 2014
Baroness Barker: The ‘shockingly degrading’ treatment of LGBT asylum seekers must stop now 7
4:19 PM — Lib Dem peer Baroness Barker has called on the government to stop the “shockingly degrading” treatment of LGBT asylum seekers by officials.
6th February 2014
Green Party: The UK has failed to protect LGBT asylum seekers 7
11:09 AM — Green Party MEP candidate Caroline Allen writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how the government has failed those fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution.
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.
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.
2nd September 2013
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant blasted for saying gay asylum cases ‘will always be messy’ 7
9:51 AM — A top barrister has criticised Chris Bryant’s previous comments in defence of the Home Office from claims LGBT asylum seekers have been deported in recent years - and he says the Shadow Immigration Minister needs to be better briefed.
Interview: S Chelvan – on protecting the rights of LGBT asylum seekers 3
9:27 AM — One of the country’s leading barristers talks to PinkNews.co.uk on how those fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution abroad are still being failed by the UK when it comes to providing asylum.
4th July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
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.