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UK Asylum Guide: Asylum and Humanitarian Protection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people

UK Asylum Guide: Asylum and Humanitarian Protection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people

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Published by: LGBT Asylum News on Oct 05, 2011
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Asylum and Humanitarian Protection
for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) People
A guide designed to provide an overview of asylum law and humanitarian protection forlesbian, gay and bisexual people
The information provided in this guide is designed to provide an overview of asylum law and humanitarianprotection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It is not intended to be an exhaustive statement of the law nora substitute for seeking legal advice on your own circumstances. Neither Stonewall nor City University LawSchool accepts any liability for the information given. If you would like further advice, you might find it helpfulto refer to page nine for suggested sources of information and support, or search for a service atwww.stonewall.org.uk/whatsinmyarea.
1. Introduction01
Stonewalls Work01
2. Asylum02
A. Legal Basis of Asylum: the UN Refugee Convention02B. Humanitarian Protection04
3. Asylum: Procedure05
A. Applying for Asylum05B. Appealing Against a Home Office decision on Asylum06
4. Asylum: Practical Considerations07
A. In General07B. Documentary Evidence08C. Witnesses08
5. Immigration096. Where to go for further help and advice10
1. Introduction Stonewall’s Work
Asylum and Humanitarian Protection forLesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) People
Stonewall’s Work
In 2010 Stonewall published No Going Back: lesbian and gaypeople and the asylum system, research which is based oninterviews with asylum seekers and UK Border Agency(UKBA) staff. It found systemic failures in our asylum systemresulting in legitimate lesbian, gay and bisexual asylumseekers regularly being refused asylum in the UK.UKBA and the Home Office have subsequently acknowledgedthat the asylum system has failed many lesbian, gay andbisexual asylum seekers and the Government has made acommitment to cease sending gay people back to countrieswhere they face persecution. Stonewall has workedconstructively with the UKBA to improve how it deals withlesbian, gay and bisexual asylum seekers.Stonewall receives a large number of enquiries relating toimmigration and asylum. Through our information servicewe are able to put people in touch with the relevantsupport agencies that can help them. Stonewall has writtenthis guide to provide an overview of asylum law andhumanitarian protection for lesbian, gay and bisexualpeople. For more information please contact us on08000 50 20 20 or email info@stonewall.org.uk

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