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UPDATE - Orashia was denied bail on Fri 1st August and is still in detention. The Home Office might try & issue yet more removal directions shortly so please keep alert. He detained again on the 25th July, for the third time. The decison to deny his appeal was made before the 25th but no one was told until after he was detained while signing. The Home Office are saying that there is not enough evidence to support his claim that his life is at risk in Jamaica becaues of hsi sexuality. This is yet another example in Orashia'a case of the Home Office and Judiciary not giving very important information until the last minute, thereby prolonging his suffering and the torment of his family, friends and legal team.

Orashia has been taken to Colnbrook detention center near London. Very far away from his family and friends in Leeds. The last Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons inspection of Colnbrook in 2010 reported significant concerns. Colnbrook is operated by a private security company called Serco , under contract to the UK Borders Agency.

For more information about Colnbrook and to access reports follow this link - http://detentionaction.org.uk/aboutus/about-colnbrook-detention-centre

 

The decision to cancel his last deportation flight was made a week before anyone found out about it. Orashia's family and legal team were kept in the dark for too long. Considering the amount of publicity the case has received highlighting the flight, we cannot understand why no one from the Home Office contacted us.The last few months have put a tremendous strain on the wellbeing of both Orashia and his mother Vienna, who have both had to seek medical treatment recently due to stress.

 

This is yet again an example of how awful asylum seekers are treated by the Home Office. Legal challenges have been submitted and campaigners vow to continue the fight for Orashia to stay in Leeds with his family.

 

The Home Office are really feeling pressure from support & publicity around Orashia’s campaign. Please keep the pressure on. Write to your MP using this template letter and send it to your MP here. More contact details on this page.

 

Please donate to his legal fund here. Orashia’s family are working every hour possible to raise funds which have already cost over £2000 so far. All of Orashia's legal team are working pro bono :) so the costs are just covering his court fees.

 

Thank you so much for all the support so far.

 

If he is forcibly removed by the Home Office, his life is in severe danger in Jamaica. All is family are settled in the UK and he would be completely isolated and in hiding. His case has gained mass media attention and support in the past months and he has become well known both here in the UK and in Jamaica. This means that the danger his life is in, because of his sexuality, has increased and he was recently victim to a homophobic attack here in Leeds where he lives. This cannot be tolerated and if the British government and the Home Office say they stand for human rights and equality then they need to release Orashia from detention now.

 

In 2013 a Home Office spokesman said: ”We have changed our guidance to ensure that we do not remove individuals who have demonstrated a proven risk of persecution on grounds of sexual orientation.'' (PinkNews.co.uk). Why is this then happening to people like Orashia?

 

Orashia is an amazing person who has the ability to shine so much more than he has been given a chance to here in Britain. He is a faithful friend and does what he can to help and support others going through similar issues to him. He has a close family, many friends and is involved in various groups and organisations around Leeds. His situation has meant that life is a daily unknown battle for himself, his family, especially his mother who works overtime on order to support him, and those closest to him. Please sign this petition and demand Orashia be given a fair chance at a real life now and not be punished for his sexuality.

 

You can watch a short documentary about Orashia's story called State of Limbo here: http://youtu.be/Wy3R2QtqONM

 

Another documentary called Judgement Day about Orashia's court hearing on 30th June can be watched here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVib2Hh6Oog

 

Here is a Channel 4 documentary - Unreported World, Jamaica's Underground Gays. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/4od#3705272

 

Letter to
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg MP
Home Secretary Teresa May
and 2 others
Home Secretary Teresa May
Labour Party Ed Miliband
Orashia (32) is bisexual and fled Jamaica, a country notorious for its homophobic attacks, to seek safety in the UK. Amnesty's latest human rights report states that 'attacks and harassment of LGBTI people were reported to be increasing'. All his family have British passports and are working in the UK.

When he was 16, he moved to Antigua and he had no option but marry an older woman in order to hide his sexuality. However he was subjected to years of horrific abuse at the hands of this woman who used the threat of exposing his sexuality as a means of control. In 2011 he managed to escape to the UK to seek asylum and be with his family. This woman then exposed Orashia's sexuality in the media and on facebook which has now put his life at huge risk if he is forced back to Jamaica.

Thanks to the amazing support of gay support groups such as MESMAC and ReachOUT, Orashia was able to tell his family about his sexuality, be open about having male partners and be active on the Leeds gay scene.

As a result of years of trauma, the huge stigma about homosexuality and also his treatment by immigration he suffers from depression and panic attacks. These have gotten worse over the past months due to the constant threat of detention and deportation which leave Orashia in a state of limbo and unable to begin recovery. His six weeks in detention at the beginning of 2014 caused his physical and mental health to deteriorate and he is now completely reliant on his family for proper care.

Orashia's most recent appeal was denied yesterday but no one was informed. He was detained this morning, the 25th July, as he signed at Waterside. He is not in a mentally stable state and should NOT have been detained. He has been sent to Colnbrook detention center near London and we demand that he be released. This center is too far away from the support he needs from his family and friends. The detention center has also been condemned by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons in a report in 2011saying that ''most detainees still felt unsafe, work on diversity had deteriorated and despite plans for change, our previous main recommendations, that women should no longer be held in the short-term holding unit and that the vulnerable detainee unit should close, had still not been achieved''.

If he is forcibly removed by the Home Office, his life is in severe danger in Jamaica. All is family are settled in the UK and he would be completely isolated and in hiding. His case has gained mass media attention and support in the past months and he has become well known both here in the UK and in Jamaica. This means that the danger his life is in, because of his sexuality, has increased and he was recently victim to a homophobic attack here in Leeds where he lives. This cannot be tolerated and if the British government and the Home Office say they stand for human rights and equality then they need to release Orashia from detention now.

In 2013 a Home Office spokesman said: ”We have changed our guidance to ensure that we do not remove individuals who have demonstrated a proven risk of persecution on grounds of sexual orientation.'' (PinkNews.co.uk). Why is this then happening to people like Orashia?

Orashia is an amazing person who has the ability to shine so much more than he has been given a chance to here in Britain. He is a faithful friend and does what he can to help and support others going through similar issues to him. He has a close family, many friends and is involved in various groups and organisations around Leeds. His situation has meant that life is a daily unknown battle for himself, his family, especially his mother who works overtime on order to support him, and those closest to him. We demand Orashia be given a fair chance at a real life now and not be punished for his sexuality.

You can watch a short documentary about Orashia's story here: http://youtu.be/Wy3R2QtqONM
Here is another recently made documentary called State of Limbo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy3R2QtqONM&feature=player_embedded