The UK is planning to deport a Ugandan woman who applied for aslyum saying she was a lesbian saying she cannot possibly be a lesbian as ‘she has not been in a lesbian relationship for 5 years.’
Harriet Nakigudde, a 30 year old Ugandan lady applied for asylum in the UK fearing for her life because of her sexuality as a lesbian according to official documents.
Ms. Nakigudde removal directions have been issued for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, even though she has a pending Judicial review application in the High Court. There is an online petition seeking to halt the deportation.
The spokesperson, Edwin Sesange, for Out & Proud Diamond, a lobby group that advocates for LGBTI African asylum seekers notes:
“This is a miscarriage of justice for the Home Office to predict the outcomes of the courts of law in the UK. It is very clear that no action should have been taken by the Home office to issue any removal direction while a person has applied for her case to review by the courts.”
It is further reported Ms Nakigudde collapsed while boarding a plane on May 17 when the Government tried to remove her.
The UK Home Office reportedly denied her asylum on the basis that she did not get into a relationship whilst in the UK for the period of 5 years she has been here.
Under questioning, Harriet was asked what she used to do sexually with her partner in private, ;even though she explained to them briefly, she feared and was humiliated at the encroachment on her privacy.’ The Home office also used this against her.
The UK Home Office has been accused of asking very private and lurid questions to LGBTI asylum seekers, especially those from African countries.
Sesange noted, even though Harriet did reveal the names of two previous partners to the Home Office, they did not believe her, because those people are hard to track down or expose: “Harriet has kept her private life secret and she is not used to talking about it to strangers, even though it is a requirement for the Home office to encroach on people private, we strongly encourage them to stop it.”
This case highlights the handling by the UK home office of African LGBT asylum seekers after the death of another Uganda lesbian who died after being deported from the UK.