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Petitioning CEO, Kenya Airways Bram Steller and 2 others

Kenya Airways: Stop removing gay asylum seekers to Uganda!


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people are at severe risk of violence and torture in Uganda - yet airlines continue to return them. Tell Kenya Airways to refuse to transport Robert Segwanyi this Thursday - and any LGBT refugees.

Letter to
CEO, Kenya Airways Bram Steller
Corporate Communications Manager, Kenya Airways Chris Karanja
Flight Operations Director, Kenya Airways Captain Paul Mwangi
Your airline is booked to transport a Ugandan gay refugee, Robert Segwanyi, this Thursday on Kenya Airways flight number KQ410.

Robert is an asylum seeker who will be at severe risk if the British government removes him using your airline. Evidence of this risk and Robert's sexuality has not been properly considered by the British authorities.

We are asking that you refuse to transport Mr. Segwanyi.

The British authorities want to remove Robert despite evidence that Robert is "obviously gay", despite a highly respected psychologist Professor Cornelius Katona saying he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from his treatment in Uganda, and despite the backing of Robert's MP, Mike Hancock.

The UKBA, in writing to Hancock, is standing by an Immigration Judge's decision last year that:

"Even if I am wrong regarding the Appellant's homosexuality I see no reason to depart from the [then] current country guidance" - this guidance being that "the evidence does not establish that in general there is persecution of homosexuality (sic) in Uganda".

This country guidance was changed in April and now reflects the actual situation for gays in Uganda.

Ugandan gay refugee John Bosco met Robert before he was in Haslar detention centre near Portsmouth and has remained in phone contact. He says:

"Robert is in tears and terrified."

"When I met him face to face, it was obvious that Robert is gay. The way he was talking, the mannerism and mentioning some of Ugandan gay guys I from Uganda. Robert told me what he has been through and from my experience I knew it did happen to him as it happened to me when people in Uganda came to know about my sexuality."

UK Border Agency are refusing to accept John's evidence as new as well as other evidence on the deteriorating conditions for LGBT in Uganda.

Your business is currently targeting gay and lesbian travelers for safaris. We will make sure they are also aware that your business is prepared to transport LGBT refugees back to danger.

Sincerely,