Friday, 15 March 2013

UK Activists Call it Murder

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On Wednesday, we reported on the death of  Jackie Nanyonjo, an LGBT asylum seeker who was deported back to Uganda and was returned to her family vomiting blood. She died shortly afterwards.

Yesterday, a protest took place outside the Home Office in London:

U.K. activists are calling it murder... The question is who is responsible. Evidence is emerging that Jackie was not well while incarcerated by U.K. authorities for two months, during which time she fought against her deportation back to anti-lesbian and anti-gay Uganda, where she believed her life was in  danger...

Meanwhile, concern has been voiced on the SMUG forum that Jackie's family may now be vulnerable for agreeing to accept her back. This may hamper investigations if they are afraid to speak about her situation.

The whole incident is highly embarrassing to the UK, whose message appears to be extremely mixed on LGBT rights. One moment: House of Lords calls for decriminalization of homosexuality in Commonwealth because of higher HIV rates, the next they face criticism because the Queen's landmark Commonwealth Day speech fails to mention the words "gay" or "lesbian".

It's not just the UK in the firing line. Australia has recently hit the world spotlight for police brutality at a Mardi Gras parader, meanwhile: UN called upon to oppose rampant worldwide anti gay and trans bigotry:

A report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) currently debated by the UN Human Rights Council found that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity remains widespread and persistent throughout the world.

The council is due to pass a resolution on the matter next week, and human rights groups have urged it to take a strong stand against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

These are the countries and institutions we're relying on to speak out against the Bahati Bill?

We may be in trouble...

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