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Gay asylum seeker faces deportation after failing to prove he's gay

Abbey Kyeyune is due to be deported back to Uganda on Monday (13 March)

Gay asylum seeker faces deportation after failing to prove he's gay
Phillip Jones
Gay asylum seeker Abbey Kyeyune

A gay Ugandan asylum seeker is facing deportation after failed attempts to prove he’s gay.

Abbey Kyeyune fled from Uganda after family members discovered he was in  relationship with a man and violently assaulted him.

Homosexuality is punishable by life imprisonment in Uganda.

He went to the UK and settled in Manchester, a city with a large LGBTI population.

After fleeing his home country, Kyeyune found out there was a warrant for his arrest and his boyfriend had been detained.

‘I can’t go back home because my family will kill me,’ Kyeyune told the Independent.

He continued: ‘I have been very happy in Manchester.

‘I have many friends there, and I have been going to church a lot,’ he said.

Community reaction sparks outrage

Phillip Jones runs a support group for LGBTI asylum seekers in Manchester and also started an online petition for Kyeyune.

Jones said: ‘[H]e found it difficult to get over the shock of having to flee.

‘But I think he just needed to meet people like himself.

‘I got the sense that he was really coming to terms with the situation, and enjoying being a gay man amongst other gay men,’ Jones said.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who genuinely need it.

‘Where people establish a genuine need for protection or a well founded fear of persecution, refuge will be granted.

‘If someone is found not to need our protection, we expect them to leave the country voluntarily.

‘Where they do not, we will seek to enforce their departure,’ the Home Office spokesperson said.

Kyeyune will be deported on Monday (13 March)


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