Update - 2 April 2017: We have delivered the signatures to Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary. We have not received a response yet, and we'll keep monitoring the situation.
Being gay is illegal in Afghanistan, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Afghans have fled abuse, prosecution, and death threats.
Those who have found safety in the United Kingdom are now facing a new threat: the UK Home Office says gay asylum seekers can be deported back to Afghanistan.
It’s not like the British government doesn’t know how dangerous life is for LGBT Afghans. The Home Office’s document lays out threats from families, Afghan laws, and Taliban insurgents who consider homosexuality a crime punishable by death.
If UK authorities follow these reckless guidelines, LGBT asylum seekers will be sent back to an uncertain future in Afghanistan. We need to speak out and urge the Home Office to take back the rules and keep LGBT refugees safe.
Published March 2, 2017