It has come to our attention to look keenly on the two countries with the aim of visualizing where LGBT asylum seekers issues have been handled carefully by the concerned authorities and as such various human rights activists around the globe should look with a keen eye on what to consider basing on the facts and evidence revealed on the current LGBT asylum seekers situation in the Diaspora. Our comparisons shall be rotated around two profound countries that are making headlines worldwide on the matters regarding LGBT asylum seekers. These countries include The Netherlands and United Kingdom. And on such grounds it will be the reader to make a conclusive decision on whom to credit with making a positive impact in LGBT human rights protection in their nations their systems.
First and fore most we shall bring the factual evident deportation of LGBT asylum seekers in UK. The death of LGBT activist lesbian late Jackie Nanyonjo after her deportation back in Uganda from UK in March 2013 was an eye opener to the way things were going on that side of LGBT asylum seekers. She was severely injured on the plane as she was being deported which later was partly her reason of death. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/14/murder-of-ugandan-lesbian-deportee-at-the-hands-of-uk-authorities-reliance-security-and-qatar-airlines/
Many cases after Jackie have been seen reported in media, such as social media, press, television, news papers and tabloids. Examples include Anne Nassozi by Ashley Cowburn as was published on 9 April, 2014, Prossie N was deported back only to live a closed life again by the UK authorities in December 2013. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/raped-and-persecuted-lesbian-faces-deportation-uk-uganda091213 and Brenda Namigadde is yet another example among others.
On contrary never has been an evident case of LGBT asylum seeker that has ever been deported back to Uganda even before the law passed. The way LGBT issues are handled in the Netherlands is so delicate in that one who is doubted is given various opportunities so as to find a solution to the reason why his or her case was not positively handled. A part from the very few minimal threats to deport that have been got by many who go through the system.
The Yarl’s Wood immigration Centre Detention is a nightmare to many LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. Many who have passed through it have a lot to tell with regard to the experience there. The Netherlands has detentions centres like Zevenaar, Schiphol and Ter Apel where many of the LGBT asylum seekers have passed and less they have to tell about the mistreatment they got from there. In fact nothing is written about the harness in these centers compared to Yarl’s Wood.
Looking at it in a political angle on many occasions the Secretaries of state of these countries can be vital in this topic. For example Hon. Theresa May, a British conservative politician is the current Home Secretary has on many occasions avoided answers to the on going surging LGBT asylum seekers situation in her country and mistreatment by the immigration authority. The reverse is true for the Dutch Secretary of State Hon. Fred Teeven who has on many occasions came out to address the grievances of the LGBT asylum seekers and readily available to address these matters at all cost. The recent development from him is his public statement he made on 25-Febuary-2014 where he strongly criticized Uganda and Nigeria for the Draconian laws and promised protection to all those that were in the Netherlands to seek for asylum basing on discrimination due to sexual orientation. He further went on to make it flexible in policies so that entry procedures and the deportation arrangements for the failed LGBT asylum seeker to Uganda and ever this statement a lot of LGBT persons have been legally accepted as refugees in the Netherlands.http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CC8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dutchnews.nl%2Fnews%2Farchives%2F2014%2F02%2Fholland_stops_aid_to_uganda.php&ei=9JqAU8KVIofa0QXVx4CgAQ&usg=AFQjCNGdpaIaLJjWHGjLCamwko5J6VsuXw&sig2=SRm9UglR5RNIV71-y4dBlA.
More so the LGBT asylum seekers in the Ntherlands have been given the opportunity to present petitions in the Tweede kamer for two times with regard to the LGBT grievances in the country. For example in spring of 2013 with the support of Secret Garden Organization, the LGBT asylum seekers from Uganda presented its first petition to the Dutch parliament (Tweede Kamer) in the Hague reflecting on the grievances that they had at that time inline with the way their asylum cases were handled. The same thing was done in January 2014 when the Dutch LGBT community with other LGBT asylum seekers groups in Europe united to present a petition in reaction the Uganda’s anti homosexuality bill by then after it passed the parliament in December 2013 before becoming law.
Therefore basing on such analysis, one who has carefully read and understood this information can without fear or favor make a good judgment on the two countries.
We always we have to appreciate what has been reached on without bias, Human rights activist in that line can have a choice on where to look keenly when aiming to make a big impact on those that need it the more.