From my childhood till the time i got in Europe, my understanding of the court was all about criminals. I grew up in Uganda a country where i was used to seeing people taken to courts on criminal charges and such people included examples such as thieves, fraudsters, child molesters, rapists, murderers, conmen among others. It was because of the way things were handled back in my home country regarding judicial affairs.
When I come to Europe, i went in to apply for asylum; i was given a negative decision by the immigration with regard to my request for asylum and i was advised to go to court by my lawyer. It was so terrifying in that i first resisted the idea of appeal that was being suggested by my lawyer thinking that my sexual orientation could not make a criminal in these civilized countries that respect human dignity. More so i had never committed any crime to be dragged in court, no any past criminal record to make me go in court in my country in the last past years i lived there. It was really so puzzling to me to accept the whole idea simply because my mind was conditioned to thinking that courts are meant for criminals.
In many circumstances, many of the LGBT asylum seekers are subjected to courts so as to get a fair judgment which they think the immigration authorities have denied them and this is all done by the legal advisors or practitioners who are specialized in asylum cases.
Besides the experience i had, many others who have come to confess say that it was even much worse when they had to stand alone in courts without any of their friends escorting them. Many believed it was the system that was designed to make one feel isolated from those that wanted to support him or her by being present in the court hearing session, however this was watered down by many activists who had to be bold and forward in asking the legal advisors about this setting and it was proved that any one can go with as many supporters as he wishes in a court to be present at the hearing of this case.
It is quite interesting on how one can prove his sexual orientation in front of the judge in order to have a safe life in any of the safe havens of LGBT in the world. It is somewhat a tasking challenge to both sides but it is the system that has to either make someone stay and live a free life as any LGBT or to send back that person into the harm’s way or live a closed life of pretence about his or her sexual orientation.
This is all a testimony of an asylum seeker who prefers not to be disclosed but liked to share his experience of how it feels like to be taken to court to prove your sexual orientation in order to have a free life in a foreign country once the immigration authorities disapprove your request for asylum.