LGBTI activists have succeeded in getting the UK authorities to suspend the deportation of a traumatised Ugandan lesbian who was set to be forcibly returned to her home country on Saturday.
On Friday, the Out & Proud Diamond Group announced that the UK’s Home Office had decided not to deport 27-year-old Aidah Asaba following an online campaign and protests in London on Thursday in support of the young woman.
Asaba fled to the UK last October after being beaten by her family for being a lesbian and being forced to marry a man against her will.
She applied for refugee status on the basis of her sexuality, but her request was denied because UK immigration authorities did not believe that she is lesbian.
Asaba has now been freed and her case will be reviewed before a decision is taken on her fate.
“We would like to thank everyone who heard our call and signed our petition to stop Asaba Aidah from being deported back to Uganda. You saved Aidah’s life,” said the Out & Proud Diamond Group on Facebook.
Despite repeated promises to review the UK’s asylum system when it comes to refugees from countries where sexual minorities face persecution, activists say that gays and lesbians continue to face unfair hurdles in proving their sexuality to the authorities.