URGENT PETITION TO STOP UGANDAN LESBIAN JUDITH’S DEPORTATION
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The UK Government says, “We don’t deport LGBT asylum seekers and we never will”. Is that a lie? A New EU ruling should protect Judith. Let’s stop her Deportation NOW!
Judith Twiith Twikireze is on a Fast Track process to deportation, with a ticket booked by the Home Office for December 08. The LGBT community is outraged by her inhumane treatment and the fact that the UK is sending her back to certain persecution and possible death.
The only hope for a Deportee is to resist deportation. A desperate Judith will be fighting back to physically resist her deportation, an action which has led to harm and even death of a deportee in the past, but until then, on the 8th, she needs the world to fight for her. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/14/protestors-call-for-uk-home-secretary-to-resign-after-deported-ugandan-lesbian-dies/
Judith, a lesbian, still bearing the scars of a torturous exorcism, escaped persecution in Uganda, and made her way to the United Kingdom. Despite the dangerous anti-gay climate and likelihood of physical attack, she is facing imminent deportation, because the United Kingdom does not believe who she is.
Judith still bears the scars of sharp lacerations on her joints and the trauma of human degradation. When she came to England, she thought that she had come to safety- a new country where she would be treated with the basic dignity and kindness deserving of all human beings. But that was not to be the case.
A new EU ruling just issued yesterday, takes the view that the mere fact of putting questions to an applicant for asylum may, to a certain extent, infringe the rights guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. “In the first place, the Court of Justice states in its judgment given today that the declarations by an applicant for asylum as to his sexual orientation are merely the starting point in the process of assessment of the application and may require confirmation.
However, the methods used by the competent authorities to assess the statements and the evidence submitted in support of applications for asylum must be consistent with the EU law and, in particular, the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Charter, such as the right to respect for human dignity and the right to respect for private and family life.” http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-12/cp140162en.pdf
It is contended that Judith’s rights have been violated and that she should not be deported. The way in which her case has been treated and the resulting adjudication is sub-standard and she should be taken off Fast Track and the manner in which the case was handled, her treatment and the result must be investigated further.
On 29th September 2014, Judith went to Croydon at the Home Office to appeal for asylum. She was taken to Colnbrook Remove Centre (Prison by another name) after 7 days; she was taken to Yarlwoods Immigration Detention Centre.
On 14 October, Dr Rebecca Ward invoked detention rule 35 reports. The report clearly stated that, “a body map attached with your report shows marks on your body which are stated as being consistent with sharp cuts and laceration”
On 23rd September 2014, Judith had her interview. She provided a medical statement from her Doctor, Dr Opio, another statement from her therapist, statements from LGBTI Organisations, supporting statements from her friends who knew about her sexuality, love letters, pictures and everything which supported her claim.
On 27th September 2014, her claim was dismissed. Among the reason the Home Office gave were:
You have submitted a letter from your, a trauma counsellor at “room to heal”, it cannot be put in consideration because the counsellor doesn’t state enough if she is qualified to make those finding.
You submitted a letter from your Doctor who states that you seem “to have undergone a difficult time in your childhood. The letter does not indicate your Dr.’s qualification.
You submitted a Rule 35 report as evidence of your being subjected to healing by the witch doctor. You were examined by Dr Rebecca Ward on 14/10/2014 and the report shows you have marks on your body which are ‘consistent with sharp cuts and laceration’. Therefore, whilst it is accepted that you may have been taken to a witch doctor whilst you were young and you were subjected to bleeding, however it doesn’t mean that you sustain it because of your sexuality”
It is accepted that your photo appears in the Red Pepper Newspapers, however the fact that this is the only article in the newspaper in which the font change means it must be considered as an irregularity.
The UK government rejected that she is a lesbian further because she failed to provide a witness statement from her ex-partner to show their experiences as partners in an open relationship. Judith’s explanation was they broke up on very bad terms; however the Home Office stated that this is not a satisfactory explanation.
The Home Office argues that she has been involved in gay rights campaigns to create awareness and challenge Homophobia in Uganda and other countries, but her activism is rejected because she has only been doing it for only a year.
Judith is a member of the African Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights organization Out and proud diamond group and a member of Metropolitan Community Church in North London. Judith has been involved in high profile campaigns against homophobia in the World in order to make the World a safer place for all LGBTI citizens.
Judith’s application for asylum in the UK is supported by Metropolitan community Church, OPDG (African LGBTI), a childhood friend, and many other people believe that she is a lesbian and a gay rights activist.
On 11th November 2014, Judith’s appeal was dismissed by the Judge stating that all the evidence she had produced was “self-serving.”
On 20th Judith legal adviser applied for a right to appeal in the upper tribunal, and asked for bail for Judith because her continuing detention was afflicting her health and welfare. Judith’s lawyers referred her to Helen Bamber Foundation an internationally recognized organization that deals with victims of torture. Her conditions passed the vigorous criteria set by the organization for acceptance for an in-depth medical assessment and support. An appointment was set for her next January 2015 to see a medical practitioner at the organization for an assessment for long term support and also provide a medical report that can help the Home office to make a proper decision that would include her medical evidence.
Medical Justice has also assessed her but they are unable to provide a medical report within the time limit of the fast track system.
Her lawyers requested the UK government to give her more time such that more evidence can be provided including a medical report. However the Home Office have denied her this chance.
Home Office say, Judith’s face will not be recognised if she relocates to another area even though Judith’s photographs featured in an article in the Red Paper, on Facebook and many online publications.
Judith also features in many video clips of the demonstration, chanting anti-homophobic slogans, which has been uploaded on YouTube and seen by many Ugandans.
If she is deported she risks being recognized, has no means to re start her life and no community or family with funds to shelter or support her. She will be , in effect, returned to the streets of Uganda.
Please express your URGENT outrage by signing this petition, to save a life. Share it with your friends. Let them tell the UK Government to stand by their commitment not to deport LGBT asylum seekers back to where they face persecution.
Please write to the UK Home Office
Quoting Judith T Twikereza
Home Office Reference no: T3012110
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