Robert must stay; a right to be gay!
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Robert Kityo is a young gay man from Uganda who is seeking sanctuary in the United Kingdom due to the homophobic Ugandan regime's treatment of LGBT people which imprisons us for life simply for how we love. The Home Office believe he can live discretely in Uganda despite him being an out and proud member of Manchester's LGBT community.
For the last two years Robert has been an active member of the LGBT community in Manchester. He's been a volunteer for the LGBT Foundation - helping staff two Pride festivals, volunteering in the office and even being a model in some literature on gay men's health. He is a member of the city's gay Metropolitan Congregation of the United Reformed Church; a group for black LGBT people, Rainbow Noir; has helped produce programmes for Gaydio - the city's LGBT radio station and is involved in a variety of projects for LGBT people in Salford.
The Home Office were given a huge bundle containing details of Robert's community involvement, legal arguments and witness statements from many people - including the Anglican Bishop of Manchester - yet they don't think there is enough material to put before a judge! The Home Office don't think that Robert is openly gay so would not be at risk on return to Uganda! A glance at his Facebook page shows how ridiculous this argument is.
Worse, the Home Office made their decision on 8th October but didn't inform his solicitors so they could make representations but served the decision on Robert on 10th November before detaining him. He has now been released and the Home Office admitted they applied the wrong legal test to his case.
Robert now has just weeks to try again to convince the Home Office not to return him to the homophobic hell which is Uganda.
Please sign the petition to the Home Secretary asking her to both accept Robert's submissions as a Fresh Claim for Asylum (which gives him the right to appeal to a court) and to grant him asylum in the UK.
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