Days after Home Secretary Theresa May announced that UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to be scrapped, human rights campaigners have again accused the agency of trying to deport a vulnerable female asylum seeker to Uganda.
Theresa May took the decision in relation to the UKBA’s “defensive” and “secretive” culture, telling told MPs last Tuesday that its performance was “not good enough” and would be split in two with immigration work moving back into the Home Office.
Responding to the Government’s decision, the Liberal Democrats’ LGBT group said LGBT and general asylum cases needed to be handled better by officials.
For the past several years, human rights groups have frequently documented alleged cases of UKBA deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they face homophobic persecution.
The claims have always been denied by UKBA and the Home Office.
One of the most recent alleged cases involved Jackie Nanyonjo, a lesbian who was deported back to Uganda in January; she died earlier this month in the country.
Campaign group Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (MFJ) fought unsuccessfully to prevent her deportation.
MFJ say they are now fighting against the imminent deportation order of another Ugandan asylum seeker who goes by the name of Christine.
The group said: “Christine is in a fight for her life, and her right to live freely, in safety from persecution. In Uganda Christine was subjected to sexual abuse in the family; she gave birth to her father’s child. To be forced back to Uganda means being driven back into that family as she has no one else there.”
MFJ added: “This demonstrates the total hypocrisy of the politicians who claim to be on the side of women and girls, yet continue to lock up and deport a constant flow of women like Christine”.
According to MFJ, Christine was due to be deported on Friday 28 March. Source: Pink News.
Last week Theresa May lost her appeal against a ruling preventing the deportation of preacher Abu Qatada.
Cynthia Barker of immigration advisers Bison UK said many migrants and students who are detained are intimidated by the experience and feel rushed into leaving voluntarily or are scared to seek legal advice.
“Some clients have left voluntarily when they had a right to appeal or stay in the UK, for instance because they are in a relationship and have children.
“Even overstayers can avoid removal if they have an EEA partner. In a recent case we managed to pull one of our overstaying student clients off a deportation flight ten minutes before take off because he was in a genuine relationship, and therefore a human right to a family life under article 8, with his Eastern European girlfriend.”
Cynthia advises clients to always carry contact details for their immigration adviser or lawyer, as you never know when you might need them in an emergency.
If you have been detained and need advice, you can reach Cynthia on 0208 905 1822.
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