2nd September 2013
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.
18th June 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker faces imminent deportation to Uganda 12
1:18 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Tuesday 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.
5th April 2013
UK: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers ‘inappropriate’ questions such as ‘Have you read Oscar Wilde?’ 11
5:25 PM — New research shows LGBT asylum seekers are regularly being asked “inappropriate and insensitive” questions by judges.
3rd April 2013
UK: Government think tank gives cautious response to Border Agency reforms
5:22 PM — The Institute for Government has commented on the decision to scrap the UK Borders Agency – which handles claims made by asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution.
27th March 2013
Lib Dems’ LGBT group urges for better training of Home Office LGBT asylum caseworkers
10:59 AM — In the wake of the government’s decision to abolish the UK Border Agency, the Lib Dems’ LGBT group says LGBT asylum cases need to be handled better by officials.
26th March 2013
Theresa May announces scrapping of ‘defensive’ and ‘secretive’ UK Border Agency 10
3:57 PM — A government agency that has repeatedly been accused of deporting LGBT asylum seekers is to be scrapped and split in two, Theresa May has confirmed.
13th March 2013
UK: Protest planned outside Home Office following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker 53
1:15 PM — Campaigners are blaming the UK Border Agency for deporting an asylum seeker who has reportedly died in Uganda after she claimed she was at risk of homophobic persecution.
1st March 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men receive permission to stay after death threats from home 17
6:28 PM — The couple whose separation in Uganda and eventual reunion and marriage in Sweden made international news have learnt that they have both been granted asylum.
14th November 2012
UKBA delays gay asylum hearing for Senegal man
5:03 PM — An appeal hearing against the UK Border Agency’s decision to deport an asylum seeker, who claims he is at risk of homophobic persecution in his home country of Senegal, has been delayed.
1st November 2012
Peter Tatchell: UK Government broke promise, is still deporting gay asylum seekers 16
11:56 PM — Peter Tatchell is calling on the government and the UK Border Agency to stop deporting LGBT asylum seekers, back to homophobic countries.
5th September 2012
UK Border Agency halts deportation of lesbian asylum seeker bound for Cameroon 4
10:08 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who fears for her life managed to avoid being flown back to her native country at the start of last weekend after she was escorted off a plane for causing a disturbance.
22nd July 2011
Convicted rapist ‘claims he’s gay to win asylum’ 78
5:28 PM — A Ugandan man serving a four-year sentence for raping a woman is reportedly seeking asylum by claiming he is gay. John Ssewagudde, 21, was convicted of raping the woman in Glasgow last June after he admitted the attack on her Facebook page.
21st July 2011
UK Border Agency begins recording gay asylum claims 5
2:48 PM — The government says the UK Border Agency has begun collecting data on the numbers of asylum claims based on sexual orientation. Campaigners welcomed the news and said the records would show whether the system is working.