Gay asylum seeker gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee
A gay asylum seeker from Senegal has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about his experiences of going through the system.
The 26-year-old university student arrived in Britain in December 2008 and spent the first eighteen months in various detention centres.
He says he never received a full explanation for his detention.
Campaign group Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (MFJ) said he was asked by the Home Office to “prove” he was gay in order to avoid deportation.
As is the case throughout most of Africa, the situation for LGBT people in Senegal remains perilous.
Same-sex relationships are banned in the country and the maximum custodial sentence is five years imprisonment.
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For the past several years, human rights groups have frequently documented alleged cases of UKBA deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they face homophobic persecution.
The claims have always been denied by UKBA and the Home Office.
However, campaigners say LGBT asylum seekers are still being deported.
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