While we shed tears of joy, jubilation and frustration over the Olympics, let’s save some emotion for the fantastic courage and indefatigability of those who organised Pride in Uganda. Despite new draconian laws and a mid-pride police raid, the event went ahead and people came with their children to be entertained by the songs and displays. To […]
Felix Wamala, the gay Ugandan that the Borders Agency tried to deport on on Christmas Eve and again on the 2nd of January, now faces deportation on the 4th of May. Felix, who has been languishing at Colnbrook detention centre since that date, has been told he will be deported with no right of appeal […]
On International Women’s Day we got the fantastic news that Amanpreet Kaur was released from detention in Yarl’s Wood IRC. Ms Kaur is a lesbian woman who was detained for three months and twice threatened with imminent removal when the authorities refused to let her make an asylum claim based on the persecution she fears […]
As the Ugandan Government prepares to debate a reformed anti-homosexual bill, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme featured interviews with a gay couple and a transsexual woman who have fled the country after abuse including imprisonment, sexual assault, beatings and harassment. To hear the report and the interviews go here.
Following consistent intervention, Felix Wamala will not be deported to his native Uganda tonight. The deportation has been deferred while the Borders agency investigate allegations made over the previous deportation attempt. The news was given to Felix by his constituency MP Stephen Timms, who has worked with his team during the holiday period to secure a […]
A gay Ugandan asylum seeker will be spending Christmas in the notoriously homophobic state if the UK Borders Agency has its way. Felix Wamala, who has lived in the UK since 1995, is currently in a detention centre at Gatwick airport awaiting deportation on December the 24th. Felix now 40, says he was tortured in Uganda for his sexual […]