“Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers”

That’s the headline on a comment piece run by Pink News:

As he launched Labour’s international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto’s text.

He said: “Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people.”

This delusion sounded a lot like Home Office minister Phil Woolas’ article last year, when he wrote that he was proud of the attendees of the London Pride march who’d found sanctuary in the UK – never mind that his office would have refused them and fought tooth-and-nail to remove them.

The pair should form a double act.

An Amnesty International report released today said that gays in Iraq have no protection from the state and are allegedly even being targeted by some security forces. Yet Miliband’s ‘beacon’ government would tell those seeking our sanctuary they could safely return and be “discreet”.

Recent research from the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group on 50 refused asylum cases found that many were told to go home and not act gay.

You can read the full piece here.

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6 Comments

  • Alec, the international obligation is I think based on the Refugee Convention, which requires that states grant asylum to those fleeing threats to their safety on the grounds of belonging to a particular group. There was much debate in the past about whether being gay constituted belonging to a particular group, but it is now almost universally acknowledged that it does. I could be wrong though.

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