Please don’t deport Brenda Namigadde

One would have to agree with the archbishop of Canterbury Dr Williams that the killing of Ugandan gay rights’s activist David Kato, who was murdered at his home in Mukono, Kampala after having won in court against a tabloid which advocated hanging homosexuals, was “profoundly shocking”.

Mrs Hilary Clinton, America’s secretary of state, has demanded greater protection of homosexuals and those seeking asylum. All this comes in the wake of the gay case which requires the UKBA to grant asylum in cases where homosexuals would have to behave as straights in order to avoid persecution.

Brenda Namigadde is held in Yarl’s Wood IRC which is not the type of place that anyone would ever want to visit. The last client in detention in Yarl’s Wood who I represented was deported to India without her passport: she is also in a subsisting marriage with a British national. But he did not want her anymore and decided to ruin her life using the UKBA as the agents of his treachery. When returning home from that trip in December 2010 I met a young lesbian woman from Tottenham whose Jamaican girlfriend was locked up in Yarl’s Wood IRC. Fortunately for Jamelia Jamaica does not have the death penalty for a varied sexual orientation. However, sick as it may sound, Uganda does advocate judicial murder of gays.

Soon to be removed Namigadde fears for her life. She has stated that: “I’ll be tortured or killed if I’m sent back to Uganda. They’ve put people like me to death there. Most of my friends in Uganda have disappeared.”

This is not surprising given that homosexuality is considered a “Western disease” in most of Africa and “leaders” and clergymen alike love to stir up crowds by gay bashing and persecution.

Namigadde claimed asylum in the UK in 2003 but the UKBA does not believe that she is a practising lesbian. Despite the decisions in HJ (Iran) in the UK and Appellant S395 in Australia tribunals are rejecting Refugee Convention claims in both countries.

About Asad Ali Khan, BA, MSc, MA, LL.B (Hons), LL.M

Senior Partner, Khan & Co, Barristers-at-Law
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