UK Home Office allegedly deporting gay refugee because ‘sexuality is vague’
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A gay man has allegedly been told he will be deported back to Bangladesh because his homosexuality is ‘vague’.
The man now fears for his safety if he has to return to his home country, according to Worcester News.
The penalty for homosexuality in Bangladesh is punishable with up to ten years hard labor, or even life imprisonment.
The man, who does not want to be identified, told the paper he was asked how often he had sex and to describe what men’s ‘body parts’ looked like.
After the interview, his case was refused by the UK Home Office. It allegedly refused his asylum claim because his sexuality is ‘vague’.
The man told the paper: ‘You should not have to explain why you are part of the LGBT community. No one should have to explain who they are or who they sleep with.
‘No one should have to disclose explicit and sexual details to prove they are a gay man. There are many LGBTI+ individuals, whom are asexual.’
An appeal hearing will take place in January, but if unsuccessful the man will be deported to Bangladesh
Home Office: Rainbow Rush
The Home Office has been criticized multiple times for its attitude towards LGBTI asylum seekers. Dubbed the ‘Rainbow Rush’, many people have come forward alleging their claims were mismanaged or discriminated against.
In one particular case, Gay Star News reported this year (2018) how a UK official told a Ugandan asylum seeker ‘to repent and stop being a lesbian‘.
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