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Asylum Now for Aderonke, Alice, Freda, Zaina, Frank, Sarah, Ya and Esther Freedom NOW!

Petition published by Movement for Justice on Aug 20, 2012
1012 Signatures 
Target: Immigration Minister & Home Office

Petition Background (Preamble):

Asylum Now for Aderonke, Alice, Freda, Zaina, Frank, Sarah, Ya and Esther

Enough is Enough!

Stop Deporting Lesbians & Gay Men to Face Torture and Death.

This petition has been launched by Movement for Justice working with women who are currently detained in Yarls Wood detention centre. Aderonke, Alice & Freda have been organising from inside Yarls Wood, now joined by Frank, Zaina and Sarah to get signatures on their petition from other detainees and make their fight known in the press and public eye. Update: the MFJ Yarl's Wood group is ever growing, and so new names will be added as more women step forward

Homophobic abuse is more common than most people think. 1 in 3 LGBT people have experienced some kind of homophobic attack. Help to stamp out homophobia now!

Please help us to get justice – we face deportation orders from the UKBA back to our different and various Homophobic African countries namely Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda where Homosexuality is criminalised and widely frowned at by the society.

The UKBA is subjecting us to mental and emotional torture. It refuses to accept that we are lesbians, despite all the bundles of evidences we have provided, but it is fully aware that we are being abused just because we are lesbians by some of the detainees in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre who come from our own countries. That will make us more vulnerable to persecution if we are deported.

The UKBA is cynically exposing us to this abuse, which includes repeated verbal insults and serial humiliation that has become physically threatening.

The UKBA allows a pastor to operate in Yarl’s Wood who constantly uses derogatory words and prayers against LGBT people. The UKBA is responsible for allowing this pastor (Pastor Fatima) to whip up homophobia in Yarl’s Wood, and it knows that this is just the tip of the iceberg of the tortures we will be exposed to if we are deported from Britain.
These include risks such as community violence, rape, extortion and other forms of sexual assault particularly if imprisoned if following been forcefully returned to these hostile Homophobic environments.

Update: Because of the action of the now 30 women of the Yarls Wood MFJ group, the detainee who was operating as a paster, preaching her homophobic abuse form the pulpit has been removed form the centre - Action must be kept up so that all the women are freed 20/09/12

We are particularly at danger of being killed by members of the society as we will not be able to get protection from the governments of our individual country who already criminalise Homosexuality – our sexual orientation.

Please sign our petition and help us spread the word...

Aderonke Apata (Nigeria)
Alice Nji (Cameroon)
Freda Nsumba (Uganda)
Zaina Nakanwagi (Uganda)
Frank Zalwango (Uganda)
Sarah Najjuma (Uganda)
Ya (Gambia)
Esther Chimwala (Malawi)

Petition:

We demand that Aderonke Apata, Alice Nji, Freda Nsumba, Zaina Nakanwagi, Frank Zalwango, Sarah Najjuma, Ya and Esther Chimwala must be immediately freed from Yarls Wood detention centre where they face daily homophobic abuse.

Grant Asylum - NOW!

The Asylum Now for Aderonke, Alice, Freda, Zaina, Frank, Sarah, Ya and Esther Freedom NOW! petition to Immigration Minister & Home Office was written by Movement for Justice and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: , , ,

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