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LGBT+ Lib Dems call for UK Border Agency replacement to handle LGBT+ asylum cases with sensitivity

March 26, 2013 4:21 PM

Today it was announced that Theresa May is abolishing the UK Border Agency, who were involved with the cases of many LGBT+ asylum seekers trying to escape persecution.

Commenting on the break-up of UKBA, LGBT+ Lib Dems Chair Adrian Trett said, "We're proud that the Lib Dem policy of recognising the plight of LGBT+ asylum seekers formed part of the Coalition Agreement. Never again should we see a Home Secretary justifying the return of an asylum seeker to a country where they face state murder.

"However, UKBA's implementation of the new Government policy has been controversial and poorly managed. While it's right that people who are not LGBT+ or not facing persecution for the same do not have grounds for asylum, the new organisation must be trained to handle the cases of asylum seekers claiming persecution for being LGBT+ sensitively and with an open mind."