Tag Archives: asylum

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Blasts Sessions For Ending Asylum: The Blood Of Refugees Is On Your Hands

“Once again, an administration that claims to be tough on crime is actually just tough on crime victims. Today’s shameful decision by the Attorney General slams the door in the face of women fleeing brutal violence, LGBT refugees fleeing persecution, and thousands of others seeking safety in the United States. America is better than this, but apparently Attorney General Jeff ...

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DOJ Ends Asylum For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Axios reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday afternoon that domestic violence and gang violence will no longer serve as sufficient reasons to automatically grant an immigrant asylum. Why it matters: The decision comes as the U.S. faces a significant uptick in asylum claims, and the Trump administration continues to do all it can to cut back on border crossings ...

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White House: LGBT Refugees To Get Priority

The White House has rejected any quota for LGBT Syrian refugees but says their asylum requests will get priority attention due to their status as a persecuted minority. Stand by for Teabagistan to completely lose their shit. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: White House Press Josh Earnest explained the administration’s position in response to a question from the ...

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NETHERLANDS: Gay Refugees Moved To Separate Housing After Attacks By Fellow Refugees

Dutch News reports: Five gay asylum seekers in Amsterdam have been moved to a new location after they were spat on and attacked by other people in their refugee centre, the Parool says on Friday. The five – three from Syria, one from Iran and one from Iraq – have been moved to a house owned by housing corporation Rochdale. ...

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CANADA: Gay Male Syrian Refugees To Be Welcomed, Other “Lone Males” Will Not Be Allowed

The Ottawa Citizen reports: Gay men will be among the Syrian refugees the government is willing to bring to Canada under a plan that will otherwise welcome primarily women, children and families. Security concerns over extremists potentially slipping in to Canada mean the Liberal government will likely exclude unaccompanied males from its planned resettlement of thousands of refugees. But the ...

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European Union High Court Bans Sexuality Tests For Gay Asylum Seekers

Via Newsweek: The Court of Justice of the European Union, which interprets EU law to ensure that it is equally applied in all EU countries, today ruled that refugees who claim asylum based on their homosexuality should not have to undergo invasive tests to prove it, including detailed questioning on their sexual habits. The Luxembourg-based court said that determining a ...

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Ugandan Group Issues Urgent Appeal For Aid In Helping HIV Volunteer Flee Country

GEHO Uganda has issued an urgent appeal for financial assistance in helping a Ugandan HIV/AIDS volunteer flee her country. The woman is currently in hiding and is being sought by police after being accused of violating Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act through her work. Details: On April 11, the Gender-Equality and Health Organisation (GEHO) Uganda, a community-based organization in Jinja, Eastern Uganda, ...

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About Iran’s Gay Underground Railroad

A fascinating story from Vocativ: For years, Iranians have crossed into neighboring Turkey to escape persecution for being gay. Once over the border and beyond the reach of Iran’s hard-line religious laws, they transform from bankers, engineers, students and artists into refugees, making their case for asylum abroad. Those who have successfully made it to North America, Europe or Australia, ...

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Scotland Offers Asylum To Gay Ugandans

Via the Herald Scotland: Scotland is to offer asylum to Ugandans facing persecution under the country’s oppressive new legislation against its gay population. Humza Yousaf, Minister For External Affairs, has written to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague detailing the Scottish Government’s gesture to welcome “any Ugandan” persecuted by the new laws. It comes on the back of an outcry from ...

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BRITAIN: Gov’t Slammed For Questions Asked Of LGBT Asylum Seekers

Britain’s Home Office is under for fire for “shockingly degrading” questions asked of LGBT people who seek asylum on the basis of persecution in their home countries. Via the Guardian: A confidential Home Office document leaked to the Observer reveals how one bisexual asylum seeker was asked a series of lurid questions by a Home Office official, including: “Did you ...

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European Union Grants Asylum Eligibility For LGBT Refugees From Anti-Gay Nations

Excellent news from the EU. The BBC has the story: The EU’s top court has ruled that homosexuals from Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal who fear imprisonment in their home country have grounds for asylum in EU member states. The Netherlands had asked the court for advice about three gay citizens of those countries seeking asylum. The European Court of ...

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CANADA: Asylum Requests From LGBT Russians To Be “Seriously” Considered

Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said yesterday that asylum requests from LGBT Russians who claim persecution will be seriously considered.  Chris Alexander said Monday in Surrey, B.C., that Russia has taken the wrong path in restricting the fundamental rights of its gay community, and that any refugee claims “related to this particular issue will of course be looked at very ...

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Snowden Asks Ecuador For Asylum

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Home-Schoolers Lose US Asylum Bid

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a German home-schooling family who applied for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution. Home-schooling is illegal in Germany and some families have lost custody of their children over the issue. The U.S. grants safe haven to people who have a well-founded fear of persecution, but not necessarily to those under ...

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At #LGBTmedia13

The fourth annual Haas Convening is underway in Philadelphia, where about 70 LGBT journalists have gathered for brainstorming and training on critical issues facing the community. Among today’s presenters are noted lawyer Lavi Soloway, who advocates for bi-national couples who face DOMA-related deportations. Other issues on today’s agenda include LGBT rights abroad and asylum rights, aging and seniors in the ...

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Gay Ugandans Marry In Sweden

Sweden’s The Local reports: A couple who claim to be the first Ugandan men to be legally married face an uncertain future after recently tying the knot in a Swedish church, with one facing possible deportation that the other fears could result in his husband’s death. Last weekend, Lawrence Kaala and Jimmy Sserwadda were all smiles as they exchanged vows ...

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On Gay Iranians Seeking UK Asylum

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DC Gay Center To Help Asylum Seekers

Washington DC’s LGBT Community Center has launched a program to aid asylum seekers who are escaping anti-gay persecution in their home countries. Via Washington Blade: The program, called Center Global, is aimed at providing temporary housing, financial assistance and referrals to service providers for LGBT foreigners in the D.C. area who are going through the complicated process of applying for ...

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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Assange

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