Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Make it easier for Ugandan LGBTQ refugees to enter Canada
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Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Jason Kenney

Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Make it easier for Ugandan LGBTQ refugees to enter Canada

    1. Michael Kruse
    2. Petition by

      Michael Kruse

      Toronto, Canada

 

With the confirmation that the "kill the gays" law will be passed before Christmas in Uganda, the country is now a more dangerous place for all LGBTQ persons.

 

The proposed law punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with death, and for the mere act of being a known homosexual, life in prison.  The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will become law before Christmas, and spoke of it as a "gift" to the Ugandan people.

 

The Huffington Post story reporting the announcement is here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/uganda-anti-gay-bill-2012-pass_n_2116584.html

 

Xtra Magazine, a gay newspaper in Toronto, reported on the lackluster performance of the Canadian government to deal with the large backlog of claimants at our High Commission in Nairobi and at our consulate in Kampala, which is impeding the refugee claimants fleeing Uganda's hateful climate.  In order to claim refugee status, claimants must make their way to Canada first.  In cases where threats are eminent, the government, at the cabinet level, can make it so a claimant can claim refugee status before leaving their country.

This is what is called for as the LGBTQ community is under threat of constant violence.  In places like Iran, scores of homosexuals are hung for loving the wrong person every year.  We have to help our LGBTQ brothers and sisters before it is too late.

 (the situation at the Nairobi in indeed dire, the government has known for some time that all persons seeking refugee status in Nairobi are not being served well and more funding is required, see Testimony on this fact from Prof. Nicole LaViolette from U of Ottawa on the backlogs in Nairobi:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=4984029&File=0

The Xtra story is here:

 

http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Delays_make_Canada_a_poor_choice_for_queer_Ugandans-9809.aspx

 

Photo from: http://gentleforest.blogspot.ca/2011/01/two-extremely-brave-men.html

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bill May be Tabled Tomorrow (Nov 22)

      Michael Kruse
      Petition Organizer

      This just in: the bill has been added to the parliamentary calendar today, which means it may be discussed and voted on at any time now, please share this petition with everyone you know and tell our government to fix the problem in Nairobi to get LGBTQ refugees out before it is too late.

      http://www.advocate.com/news/world-news/2012/11/21/ugandan-kill-gays-bill-appears-parliamentary-calendar

      Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill Appears on Parliamentary Calendar

      A bill that would proscribe the death penalty for homosexuality has been listed for discussion on the Ugandan Parliament's agenda, reports Box Turtle Bulletin. The so-called kill the gays bill, which would impose harsh penalties on anyone engaging in same-sex sexual activities or "promoting homosexuality," first appeared on the parliamentary Orders Papers today, listed under "Business to Follow" after a lengthy daily agenda.

    2. Petition Updated with New Information

      Michael Kruse
      Petition Organizer

      I have updated the petition to reflect the larger problem of funding at the Nairobi High Commission which is complicating the processing of claims by causing a large backlog. According to Prof. Nicole LaViolette in the preceding news item, the government has known about this resource shortfall since February 2011 and has done nothing to fix it.

      Please review the new petition and pass it along to other supporters.

      thank you

    3. U of Ottawa Law Profession Confirms Problems in Nairobi

      Michael Kruse
      Petition Organizer

      I received an email from Prof. Nicole LaViolette confirming that the problems at the Nairobi High Commission are indeed dire and the government has known about this for some time. Here is her testimony before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in February 2011.

      http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=4984029&File=0

      Things are still broken there and need to be fixed for all persons seeking refuge in Canada. MP Craig Scott has responded favourably to my request for help and is meeting with Foreign Affairs minister John Baird on Monday. Ppending confirmation of these problems, he has offered to read the petition in the House of Commons with the addition of 25 physical signatures.

      Please pass the word to your friends about this petition, we can make a difference here!

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. Contact your MP

      Michael Kruse
      Petition Organizer

      Last night, I distributed a media release to approx. 700 media contacts as well as my local MP. I would encourage all of you to contact your local MP and tell them how you feel about Canada's lack of support of LGBTQ refugees from Uganda:
      http://www.canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html#mem

    6. Reached 200 signatures
    7. We have reached 100 signitures

      Michael Kruse
      Petition Organizer

      It is a small milestone, but it is obvious people care about this issue, so please share this petition with your friends so we can start to spread the message and grow the petition exponentially. We must get the Canadian government to loosen these immigration restrictions before the bill becomes law to keep our LGBTQ brothers and sisters safe!

      You can also speak directly to the Ugandan parliament through this petition to kill the bill here: http://www.care2.com/causes/uganda-wants-a-kill-the-gays-christmas.html

      Uganda Wants a Kill the Gays Christmas

      Uganda's Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has told the AP that the Kill the Gays bill will be made law before the end of 2012. Lawmakers in the country are even calling it a "Christmas gift." Reports the AP: Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told The Associated Press that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year.

    8. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      * While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives. ~ Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

      * "...in the midst of migrants in search of a better life there are people in need of protection: refugees and asylum-seekers, women and children victims of trafficking...Many move simply to avoid dying of hunger. When leaving is not an option but a necessity, this is more than poverty."

      ~ Antonio Guterres

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    • Jennifer Lake HAISLA, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I sure hope Harper stops making time for Justin Bieber and panda bears and starts paying attention to e real issues!!

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    • Lucy Collins OTTAWA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Kindness and love are in short supply. Take better care of one another.

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    • Marlowe Filippov OTTAWA, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      These people are in serious and immediate danger. As fellow humans, we have a responsibility to help.

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    • Lori Critch ST JOHN'S, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Looking in the other direction while people are murdered or jailed for being themselves is morally wrong. All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

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