Calling on Theresa May to resign
A protest outside the home office, called on Theresa May to resign after Jackie Nanyonjo died in Uganda after being held in a United Kingdon detention center, and then handed to a security agency and then deported ( UK term should be ‘removed’) to Uganda by UK border agency. Read the full report here: http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/14/house-of-lords-calls-for-decriminalization-of-homosexuality-in-commonwealth-because-of-higher-hiv-rates/
Protesters at the Home Office claimed that Jackie Nanyonjo, a Ugandan lesbian was forcibly removed (deported in US terms) to Entebbe in January, and then when she arrived, it is alleged that she was vomiting blood, after being restrained by burly security guards on the flight. She died on 8 March.
Around a hundred people came to the lunchtime protest organised by the Movement for Justice (MFJ) with banners and placards and chanted slogans against the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and Home Office Minister Teresa May.
Jackie Nanyonjo came to the UK five years ago, having fled Uganda after being beaten and tortured by her husband following a forced marriage when he found that she was a lesbian. Here in the UK she was able to live openly as a lesbian, and took part in campaigns for gay rights and asylum rights with the Movement for Justice in this country. But despite evidence of her sexuality from her partner here and others in the LGBT community, the UKBA refused to believe she was a lesbian and turned down her application for asylum. They sent her to be detained in Yarl’s Wood.
The first attempt to remove her and send her back to Uganda was in December, during which she resisted and was brutally attacked by the security ‘escorts’ supplied by contractor Reliance used by the UKBA, and had to be returned to Yarl’s Wood when the airline refused to carry her. She made a formal complaint to the UKBA against the brutal treatment by Reliance employees, but this was rejected. The only medical treatment she was able to get for the injuries she had sustained was paracetamol.
On Jan 10th the UKBA told her she was to be deported through removal proceedings on an EgyptAir flight, despite having applied for a Judicial Review of her case. When the airline were told she was being sent back against her will, they refused to carry her, but Qatar Airways agreed with the UKBA to fly her to Entebbe.
She was accompanied on the flight by 4 hefty security escorts from Reliance Security, who, according to the account given at the protest by one of her close friends, beat her through the flight and forced her head down between her legs, and tried to strangle her. By the time she left the plane she was vomiting blood from the injuries she had received, but was not given medical attention.
When she was released to family members many hours later after her arrival, and after being held by Ugandan authorities at the airport, they rushed her to a clinic, but as the MFJ state, Uganda is ” a country with widespread poverty and limited medical facilities (and) they were unable to get the medical attention Jackie needed.”
The MFJ statement continued “Since Jackie was in hiding as a known lesbian, protected by relatives, every trip to a doctor or hospital involved a risk to her life and to the safety of her family. They were condemned to watch the agonising decline of Jackie’s health and strength over the next two months.”
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Theresa May is the British Conservative politician who is the current Home Secretary. She was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She went on to be appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2002 and was sworn of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
Murder of Ugandan lesbian deportee at the hands of UK authorities, Reliance Security and Qatar Airlines
U.K. Activists demand justice
By Melanie Nathan, March 14, 2013.
UPDATED MARCH 19, 2013: SEE FACEBOOK PAGE CALLING FOR MORE DEMONSTRATIONS AT https://www.facebook.com/events/466756213396417/
ANOTHER PROTEST WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY MARCH 21 at Ukba Lunar House West Croydon
Thursday 21st March
40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY
Short walk from West Croydon and croydon bus station
To meet & walk there together be @ West Croydon Station: 12 to leave at 12.15 sharp