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Denmark sends home 3 Ugandan lesbians where they risk being prosecuted

According to the authorities their statements were not credible

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda (photo: iStock)
July 22nd, 2016 11:27 am| by Lucie Rychla
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Three women from Uganda, who have sought asylum in Denmark because of their homosexuality, will be deported to their home country, where same-sex relations are illegal and punishable with life in prison.

The decision has been criticised by LGBT Asylum, an organisation that fights for the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people in the Danish asylum system.

“Gays and lesbians risk being persecuted, coerced to pay money and assaulted by other citizens, and family and clan members,” Hanne Gyberg, a spokesperson for LGBT Asylum, told DR.

“Homosexuals cannot expect to get police protection if they are attacked or threatened to be killed.”

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The women were denied asylum in Denmark because their statements were not credible and the authorities do not consider it likely that they would face persecution or abuse if they are expelled, explained Gyberg.

The women are expected to be deported before August 2, but the green political party Alternativet has decided to take up the matter in the Parliament and will seek answers from the immigration and integration minister, Inger Støjberg.

It would be the first time that Denmark sends homosexuals back to Uganda.