Sunday, 10 February 2013

Gay asylum seeker due to be deported - send email to Theresa May!


There is a gay asylum seeker from Uganda who is due to removed to there. As a gay man we believe that Kenneth's life will be in grave danger if he is sent back to Uganda. 

If you could spare a minute to write an email to Theresa May (<mayt@parliament.uk>) that would be great. In fact all you have to do is copy and paste this email (but obviously add your name) I have written!

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Dear Theresa May MP,

I am writing to you about the case of asylum seeker Kenneth Ayebazibwe (Home Office Ref No: A1399301/6). I am urging you not to remove Mr Ayebabzibwe to Uganda.

As a gay man we believe that Kenneth's life will be in grave danger if he is sent back to Uganda. Kenneth fled Uganda after experiencing persecution because of his sexuality. He has been 'outed' in a Ugandan newspaper which increases the risk to him if he is forcibly returned and has been a prominent demonstrator against homophobia in Uganda, here in the UK. He says he prefers to die in the UK than be sent back to his country. Kenneth was previously detained and faced removal three times. We hoped his case was on a more secure footing when a new fresh claim was issued following his previous release from detention but this was recently refused and he was arrested when he went to sign at a UKBA reporting centre.

The Ugandan Parliament reconvened last week. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill once again appeared on the order papers. It is known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill and has a lot of support within Uganda. Currently homosexual activity is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, but this bill would penalize "aggravated homosexuality" including consensual same-sex acts committed by "repeat offenders," with the death penalty. 
Amnesty International says: "We’ve documented instances of discrimination, torture and detention by Ugandan authorities against LGBTI individuals under the pretext of enforcing current laws. If the Anti Homosexuality Bill is passed, it will legalise discrimination and incarceration of LGBTI people: We’re extremely concerned that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will entrench existing discrimination by legalising and even promoting hate crimes against LGBTI individuals and activists."

As Home Secretary I hope that you will stop the removal of Mr Ayebabzibwe. As a gay man he deserves to have his rights protected by the UK government.

Yours sincerely,

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NAME: Kenneth Ayebazibwe
DATE OF BIRTH:  26/1/85
HOME OFFICE REF NO.: A1399301/6
PORT REF: TN5/2733500
REMOVAL DIRECTIONS: Kenya Airways flight KQ 101 21/2/2013 at 19.00

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Articles for Left Foot Forward

During January I wrote a number of articles for the politics website Left Foot Forward. They can be found here.