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Deportation of Homosexuals by the Church asylum for two lesbian women

In the worst case, could be stoned to Success Johnson and Diana Namusoke in Nigeria and Uganda. Therefore, the two women received since the November Church asyl

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Deportation of Homosexuals by the Church asylum for two lesbian women

In the worst case, could be stoned to Success Johnson and Diana Namusoke in Nigeria and Uganda. Therefore, the two women received since the November Church asylum in a Berlin parish. The Federal office for Migration and refugees (BAMF) had arranged their deportation. The justification: The authority does not believe the two women that you are a lesbian.

In her home country of Uganda, they had been beaten, told Namusoke in a Video to Petition for your right to stay. "My family wanted to force me into a marriage. It ended up that I was tortured and beaten. Finally, my family has sent people to assassinate me.“

Consensual Sex between people of the same sex is both in Uganda as also in Nigeria prohibited. As a punishment of Homosexuals threatens in Nigeria, a detention of up to 14 years and in half of the States with the death penalty by stoning. In Uganda, a prison sentence of twelve years to life-threatening. In addition, religious leaders call on there open to the murder of Homosexuals. This homophobic legislation and the religious preaching of Hatred to pave the way for Lynch-murders, especially since civilians have to fear no punishment.

The Problem: Johnson and Namusoke not have told since their arrival in Germany in everyone hearing the same story. So Namusoke said, according to a speaker from the Church asylum upon entry to Germany, that she was gay, the Interview to the asylum procedure you have mentioned but only that they should be forced to be married. Only during the court proceedings then they have called their homosexuality as a reason.

Often, the Refugees are not believed their homosexuality

In the case of Success Johnson (24), it was the other way around: Because they had a rape of a child, it was assumed to be at the point of entry thereof, and that no one would believe. At later hearings, you've outed yourself.

That German authorities are not Refugees believe that being gay is nothing out of the ordinary. According to the LeTRa, a lesbian counseling center in Munich, is rejected by the majority of all initial applications for asylum because of homosexuality. As a justification, it is often argued that the authority to search the asylum seekers do not believe. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the BAMF says: "The prima facie evidence requires a coherent pleadings. For this purpose, the seamless narrative of personal experiences.“ And continued: "The consultation is at the heart of the asylum procedure. The asylum seekers are reminded that they are obliged to all for your escape, all relevant facts and circumstances present. Not presented facts and circumstances may not take into account the Federal office in its decision.“

"The case of these two women is characteristic of how the German asylum system is organized," says Ulrike La Gro of the Ecumenical Federal working group asylum in the Church. Namusoke and Johnson to get in front of your first authorities call not to be independent of the asylum procedure advice - advice which allows for protection seekers to recognize their own rights and obligations in the asylum procedure, the reasons for your application at the hearing to adequately present and the different authorities and responsibilities to navigate.

The women of the countries of origin with costs Coming Out a great Overcoming

"You just have to understand," says La Gro, "which Overcoming it means for women from these countries of origin, to come out publicly". If you come from a society in which a Coming-Out, life is dangerous, it is very hard to take the word "lesbian" at all in the mouth. In addition, Johnson and Namusoke in the so-called "anchor were camps", together with other Nigerians and Ugandans, "regardless of the fact that vulnerable groups should be separately accommodated". For fear of the reactions of other Fugitive homosexuals hide in shelters is often their sexual orientation. A similar Problem is, according to La Gro in the hearings: In the case of asylum interviews with an interpreter from their own country to sit the people often. The increase of the shame and inhibition to come out of the closet in the conversation.

Now Johnson and Namusoke, have in a Petition of with the support of the Munich-based lesbian counselling LeTRa point outed, even in public. La Gro is sure: "If it would not be the truth, would not the kidneys, the two women Expo in Public and pronounce that you are a lesbian. Who would risk it in the middle of the asylum procedure, if a in the case of a removal of the death penalty by stoning?“

The Sanctuary is a congregation in need of protection takes the end, for the removal can be life-threatening, from a Christian Motivation. In the short term, may be suspended by means of Church asylum deportations. The goal is basically to obtain a time delay, so that authorities asylum can check applications in the face of imminent hardship. The debate came a number of times that the Church asylum is moving in a legal grey zone.


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