It was on 14th February 2014, when the Dutch Secretary Of State (Security and Justice) Mr. Fred Teveen made a promising statement to many LGBT asylum seekers from Africa specifically Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal among others when he promised to review on policies used by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization ministry since it is partly in his area of operation aftermath of the passage of the new draconian anti homosexuality laws in many African countries.
Ever since his pledge to do so, many of the LGBT persons who had fled their countries on grounds of persecution have been granted asylum and protection in the country.
A case can be sighted from the many members of our community which is really happy that many have been granted asylum ever since Mr. Teveen’s promise earlier this year.
“It is somewhat a good atmosphere now that we have to live our life for who we are as LGBT” said one of the UGOM members who have already been granted asylum to stay in The Netherlands recently this year.
Despite all this we can not forget that the struggle should continue so that our voices should be heard, many of our brothers and sisters are still in the struggle to have a free life as LGBT to love those they want, to have equal treatment just like the rest of the people, equal opportunities shared without any discrimination or bias based on sexual orientation and gender.
We have a long way to go in order to have our rights respected on our continent Africa and our motherland Uganda, says the chairman of UGOM Mr. Walusimbi Moses who is still waiting for his asylum request procedure in the Netherlands.
Many cases of LGBT persons from Uganda are still underway and their asylum requests not yet worked on but it is all about time and patience. We shall all be free since the Secretary of state made a promised on this.
We are so glad to these new developments as per Mr. Teveen’s promise.
Long live the King and the Queen of The Netherlands.