A Ugandan lesbian who was subjected to violent homophobic abuse in her home country is being threatened with deportation back there by the UK Borders Agency.
Linda Nakibuuke, 22, has been detained since 11 April and despite being told that she was tortured for being a lesbian in Uganda, the UK Borders Agency still plan to deport her there.
Evidence of Uganda’s institutionalised homophobia appeared again this week when Catholic bishops in the country called for a revival of the ‘kill the gays’ anti-homosexuality bill.
Movement for Justice, who successfully campaigned for gay Ugandan Kalanzi Marvin Richard to be released from detention and freed from deportation from The Netherlands, have started a petition to the home office to save Nakibuuke.
The campaign group is also fighting against the deportation of four other Ugandan and Senegalese gay asylum seekers, Seringe Tacko Mbengue, Asuman Kabugo, Andrew Lukkalu and Proscovia. Last week, Lukkalu was granted refugee status but the others are still waiting in limbo.
The Movement for Justice protest against Nakibuuke’s deportation will meet at 1pm, this Friday 15 June, outside the Uganda High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London, before making their way to the UK Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, for 3pm.