The LGBT refugees left at risk by the UK Home Office

Friday 26th April 2019 | Jake

15 LGBT refugees have been forced to take legal action against the UK’s Home Office, in an attempt to finally be resettled in Britain, having been promised as much as part of a refugee resettlement scheme. The refugees, from Syria, are stranded in Turkey, over two years since applying to the scheme.

The 15 are fearful for their lives in Turkey, where LGBT rights are commonly ignored and LGBT people face prejudice, discrimination, and in some cases violence. In 2016, for example, two LGBT people were murdered within a few weeks of each other, one of them a Syrian refugee himself.

Some of the 15 are now in hiding, feeling abandoned by the Home Office. The legal action argues the Home Office is breaking human rights law, and that government officials have left them marooned in a country where they are at severe risk. The 15 call on the UK government to take the necessary “immediate steps” to rectify the situation and secure their safety and resettlement.