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  • 26th March 2013

    Theresa May announces scrapping of ‘defensive’ and ‘secretive’ UK Border Agency 10

    Tuesday’s announcement by Theresa May is in relation to UKBA's 'defensive' and 'secretive' culture

    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.

  • 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.

  • 13th March 2012

    Consultation seeks views on draft LGBT asylum protections 2

    Views are being sought for a draft declaration of rights (Photo: Flickr user dannyman)

    5:33 PM — A consultation on the international protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees and asylum seekers has been launched today.

  • 19th August 2011

    Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

  • 11th August 2011

    San Francisco married gay couple lose immigration case 118

    The couple are fighting the ruling

    4:41 PM — A married gay couple in San Francisco who have lived together for nearly 20 years have been told that one must leave the US by August 25th. Bradford Wells and Antony John Makk married seven years ago in Massachusetts. For most of the last 19 years, they have shared a home in the Castro district.

  • 22nd July 2011

    Convicted rapist ‘claims he’s gay to win asylum’ 78

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    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.

  • 12th July 2011

    Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27

    Mike Hancock said he had 'grave concerns'

    6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.

  • 6th July 2011

    Comment: One year on from gay asylum ruling, have things changed? 26

    Have things improved for LGBT asylum seekers? (Photo: B Hernandez)

    5:21 PM — One year ago, the Supreme Court unanimously handed down a landmark decision in LGBT human rights. Asylum campaigner Paul Canning examines whether things have changed.

  • Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6

    A court ruled that the woman could stay in the UK

    4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.

  • 5th May 2011

    Government ‘still not collecting data on gay asylum claims’ 6

    The UK Border Agency says it is reviewing data collection

    4:17 PM — The UK government has admitted that it is still not collecting data on the number of people who claim asylum or are refused on the basis of their sexual orientation. Ministers promised last year that they would protect gay asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.

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