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UK Home Office accused of persecuting LGBT Asylum seekers

23 Aug 2019 2 minute read
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Leanne Wood has accused the Home Office of persecuting LGBT people seeking asylum in the UK.

Speaking ahead of Pride Cymru this weekend, she said that asking LGBT asylum seekers to “prove their sexuality” was both “absurd and offensive” adding that the Home Office is dismissive of any evidence presented to them by those fleeing persecution because of their sexuality.

Earlier this week, Abderrahim El Habachi, a young gay man who fled from Morocco to Swansea two year ago in fear of his life, accused the UK Home Office of putting LGBT asylumn seekers “through hell”.  In a separate case it was reported on Tuesday that an asylum seeker’s appeal was rejected because the judge did not think he was ‘effeminate’ enough to be gay and did not have a gay ‘demeanour’.

Wood, Plaid Cymru’s shadow minister for social justice, added: “In many cases, the only “evidence” a person might have is their own testimony and to open up to a complete stranger who has your life in their hands about such personal details of your private life is both intimidating and difficult. Often, even if a person has written or physical evidence, the Home Office will dismiss or ignore whilst suspecting asylum seekers of lying about their sexuality.


“This is why Pride is still needed. It is a celebration but also a protest at the ongoing discrimination that LGBT people still face. Nobody should have to suffer the humiliation and persecution the Home Office currently subject LGBT asylum seekers to.

“Whilst the UK Government is deliberately chasing a hostile environment agenda, Wales can choose to do different. If we had power over asylum and immigration we could protect our asylum seekers and ensure that those fleeing from persecution because of their sexuality are not neither discriminated against nor deported back to a country that could kill them. Wales could become a true nation of sanctuary.”


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max wallis
max wallis
4 years ago

What’s special about lesbian and gay refugees? All sorts of religious and political reasons pressurise people to flee their homeland. And all have to provide personal and circumstantial evidence. Stories and evidence of torture can be most harrowing for the refugee. Leanne seems to favour self-identification to suffice to call oneself “trans”. No evidence, all in the mind. If one’s sexuality is gay, a coherent story can surely be provided. Does Leanne propose self-declaration as sufficient reason for all asylum claimants?

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
4 years ago
Reply to  max wallis

negative score on your comment Max but no-one able to offer a constructive or informative response to your question. That alone speaks volumes. Self identifying as “dissenters” but unable to explain coherently why they dissent. But like kids throwing tantrums, eh ?

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
4 years ago

Spokesperson on Social Justice, eh? As in Welsh social justice. Knocking around Cardiff and N.Pembs as I do, I am not picking up Fanatical Immigration Judges as one of Wales’ social injustices. Maybe Wales does not have much social injustice, only colossal economic underachievement. The result of the decades old soft-left consensus in the Bay. Social injustices were legislated for and pretty much corrected ages ago.
Here’s my social injustice. Males suffer more unemployment than females in Wales. Jobs for Welshmen, please Social Justice spox!

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