#SAVEAidah Her fast track deportation is set for mere days ahead – May 24 | we received a desperate request for help from her team here in the UK. I am meeting with them in London today. They want to hear from you NOW and there is no time to waste!
UPDATED MAY 23:
LAST MINUTE Stopping of deportation: Success … .Aidah’s deportation was halted. Aidah has been released from detention where she spent almost 6 months while the UK refuted her claim that she is a lesbian.
Picture Right – THANK YOU to all who heeded the call. To the new attorneys who jumped on board and the amazing Ugandan activists from Out & Proud Diamond Group … meeting in London this week. ….who jumped in to find the help needed… Edwin Sesange .and Abbey Kiwanuka … the petition .
Aidah was told to prepare for immediate deportation on Saturday 24 May, as can be seen from the initial article below.
But she has now been granted a reprieve pending a review of a new asylum claim.
On Friday it was announced that Ms Asaba had been freed from detention as a result of the Home Office’s decision.
Edwin Sesange, from the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group told PinkNews: “Aidah Asaba’s flight has been cancelled and they are going to release her as they are reviewing their decision.
“We are delighted for the support that the public has given towards saving Aidah Asaba from being sent back to Uganda.
“We also thank the UK Government for agreeing to review their initial decision in light of the new evidence.
By Melanie Nathan, May 21, 2014.
Aidah Asaba is a young traumatized lesbian from Uganda who fled unimaginable abuse and persecution and sought refuge on the basis of her sexuality in the United Kingdom and she is now under immediate threat of removal to Uganda and at risk of imprisonment and torture upon arrival.
She has received removal directions for Saturday the 24th of May and we therefore urgently need you to support Aidah by signing and sharing this petition widely!
Aidah’s case has been handed over to a fast track system resulting in her losing her chance to provide further evidence given her denial.
This abhorent system in the United Kingdom has resulted in a prior death when a Ugandan lesbian was deported to Uganda. Lets NOT allow this to happen again.
If sent back to Uganda she is at for arrest at the airport, and if detained she could be imprisoned for years.
Her name and case have widely appeared in Ugandan newspapers and come to the attention of the police and local authorities. If she is not arrested upon arrival she is a likely target for rape, torture and death by the homophobic mob vengeance, a phenomenon that seems to have gained traction since the enactment of the new Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.
On February 24, 2014 the Ugandan president Museveni signed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill which includes life sentences for so-called ‘aggravated homosexuality’. In the days that followed the newspaper Red Pepper published a list with the full names and photographs of 200 alleged homosexuals. The outings continue with no regard for life. Aidah will be targetted through publicity and she does not stand a chance. this is vile and cruel.
The UK Home Office does not believe that Aidah is a lesbian, and now they will not allow Aidah enough time for Aidah to present evidence. Aidah has letters from well known Ugandan human rights defenders to support the fact she is indeed a lesbian and yet there is no time to make her presentation, because she is on a fast track for removal.
Yesterday i received a desperate request for help from her team here in the UK. They want to hear from you NOW!
It is up to the international public to make a huge outcry about this. If you are outraged by the fact that Aidah may be on the same trajectory as lesbian Jackie Nanyonjo, who died last year after being deported to Uganda- then you cannot be silent.
Prominent LGBTI advocates of respected Ugandan organizations, such as RKF awardee Dr. Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and Edwin Sesange of the Out & Proud Diamond Group and lesbian activist Melanie Nathan, are, contrary to the Home Office, convinced of Aidah’s honesty and have put their names forward in her support.
It is unacceptable that Aidah has been put in the fast track system, which deprived her from the chance to collect the required evidence in time. She needs her removal directions to be withdrawn immediately so that she can finalize and submit a strong fresh asylum claim, with her support and new solicitors on the case.
UPDATED MAY 23:
LAST MINUTE Stopping of deportation: Success ….Aidah’s deportation was stopped. Aidah has been released from detention. THANK YOU to all who heeded the call. To the new attorneys who jumped on board and the amazing Ugandan activists from Out & Proud Diamond Group … meeting in London this week. ….who jumped in to find the help needed… Edwin Sesange .and Abbey Kiwanuka … the petition .
READ ABOUT Jackie Nanyonjo,
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