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UPDATE -  Orashia is back home in Leeds after been detained 4 times in detention over the last few years. We hope that public pressure will help grant Orashia asylum asap and end this ordeal.

The Home Office might try & issue yet more removal directions soon so please be ready to once again call the airline. Keep an eye on fb Defend Orashia for updates :)

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.

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
Home Secretary Teresa May
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. Orashia has been detained 4 times now and each time it caused his physical and mental health to deteriorate even more. He is now completely reliant on his partner, mum and friends for proper care.

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