[ View the story "Lesbian asylum seeker to be deported to Uganda" on Storify] Lesbian asylum seeker to be deported to Uganda Activists call for the United Kingdom to #SaveAnne and stop her deportation.
The Stream· Wed, Apr 09 2014 10:45:24
A Ugandan lesbian woman is
to be deported from the UK to Uganda on Wednesday evening, despite an online campaign demanding a stop to her removal. Anne Nassozi fled Uganda in December 2013, two months before the country
an anti-gay law, and was
in a UK immigration centre following a failed bid for asylum.
The Save Anne campaign
Nassozi faces greater danger returning to her country and would be prone to violence. If convicted under Uganda's anti-gay law, she could possibly face a long jail term.
Activists used the
to voice their concerns over Nassozi's asylum case.
The Save Anne campaigns details her life working as a landlord in Uganda before leaving to the UK.
In December 2013, a time when penalties for homosexuality under Uganda’s anti-gay laws were already being ramped up, local disapproval for Anne and her tenants’ sexuality was roused to the point where a mob of angry councillors, neighbours, and even members of her own family organised themselves, planning an assault on Anne and her tenants. She was given a tip-off by a lone sympathetic member of the local council that the mob was approaching, and fled her village; “I locked up my house and I ran. It is simple; I had no choice. I ran away to save my life”.saveanne.com
Anne's fresh asylum claim REJECTED. DEPORTATION STILL SCHEDULED! NOW VITAL 2shout loud about this "ASSISTED SUICIDE" #SaveAnne @CCriadoPerezLa_Cowan
Activists set up an online
calling for a stop to Nassozi's deportation. So far it has received more than 7,500 signatures.
The Ugandan 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into Law in February this year. Gay people in Uganda face life imprisonment for homosexuality, and many of Anne's tenants who did not escape the violent mob which pursued them were beaten and killed.change.org
Olivia Swan writes:
It is important that we give Anne a safe place to live here in UK as I believe her life to be under serious threat if she is made to return to her home country. I would like to see Anne settled here amongst friends in the lesbian community.change.org
In a phone interview with the campaign, Nassozi
she cannot go back to Uganda because she has nowhere to go. "They hate people who are a lesbian, they hate gay people, they don’t like it."
Anne's Story by SaveAnneTRANSCRIPT BELOW* Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) disempowers and isolates those it detains. We recorded a phone interview with Anne, who is currently being detained at Yarl's Wood. Anne's story, like many others', is being hold hostage in immigration detention. Anne is a lesbian.
Others showed support on Twitter and Facebook using
#saveAnne from being deportedthefashionhooligan
Hello all, I don't usually do political but this was a special request- Anne is being deported to Uganda next week, she is also gay and so faces serious danger if she returns, having fled because of violence toward her after renting properties to other gay Ugandans. If this kind of thing concerns you like it does me, then head to the link below to sign the petition:
or got to-
for more info xmrdancohen
Nassozi's deportation comes after public outcry over Yashika Bageerathi, a UK student
to Mauritius on April 2.
Last week it was #FightForYashika now it's #saveanne. The government is trying to deport a lesbian to Uganda
Disgusted by what this govt did to #Yashika & now wants to do to #saveanne ? Then consider joining @RefugeeAction #BringBackDignityEmma Adams
In March, Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a review of asylum claims made on the grounds of sexual orientation.
"We are committed to treating all asylum claimants with respect and dignity and we want to continue to improve on current practice in this area."telegraph.co.uk
Yet some criticised the Home Office's approach to Anne's case.
Too much to hope I suppose 4 the Home Office to explain why they think it reasonable to deport a lesbian to Uganda? @JBrokenshire? #saveanneCarolineCriado-Perez
@TheresaMay_MP Deporting a gay woman to Uganda sends a disgusting message to the LGBTQ community nationally & globally #saveanneLeah Edwards
What the hell is wrong with this country? Now we are deporting a lesbian back to Uganda. It's just inhumane
Now just discovered UK govt will send a lesbian back 2 Uganda 2day. This is done in our name. Horrific.
… #saveanneEmma Adams
Erwin van der Stap writes:
To be recognised as a refugee, someone must have left the country they’re a national of or, if they’re stateless, the country they usually live in; be unable to go back because they fear persecution; be unable to live safely in another part of the country they left; have failed to get protection from authorities in the country they left. This persecution must be because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, membership of a particular social group that puts them at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in the country - eg gender, gender identity, sexual orientation. The Ugandan anti-gay laws underwrite these UK rules without any ambiguity, so if this information is correct it is incomprehensible why Anne should be deported and this decision must be reversed immediately.change.org
In the video below, New Statesman
editor George Eaton said the UK has a better record than some others for LGBT asylum seekers, but the government is falling short in protecting them.
Some tweets were
to Kenyan Airways, which will fly Anne out of the UK on Wednesday.
Anne is set to travel on FLIGHT KQ101 from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Nairobi, departing at 20.00 #SaveAnne - call to protest @KenyaAirwaysLa_Cowan
@KenyaAirways Don't deport lesbian asylum seeker Anne Nassozi from the UK to Uganda or you may end up with blood on your hands. #saveanneAdrian Jenkins
has not responded to The Stream's request for comment at time of publishing.