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Court ruling secures freedom from persecution for LGBT asylum seekers

July 7, 2010 7:35 PM

Commenting on today's Supreme Court ruling that it is not acceptable to refuse asylum to an individual on the basis that they can hide their sexuality to avoid persecution, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes MP said: "I am delighted this ruling recognises the rights of gay asylum seekers, ensuring their freedom from persecution around the world.

"This plight is one that my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have campaigned on for years. It is an issue that the Coalition Government is committed to addressing as we seek to restore Britain's reputation around the world as a leader in the protection of human rights. I believe that today's ruling will go some way to restoring that reputation.

"Other countries around the world must now follow the UK's lead and recognise freedom of expression and freedom of sexuality for all people."