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Prominent Ugandan gay rights activist asks for U.S. asylum

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- Fearing prison or even death, an openly gay activist from Uganda is seeking asylum in the United States since his home country toughened criminal punishment against gays.

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U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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BOSTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston have released 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man who was facing deportation back to his home country where knowledge that he is gay could land him in prison.

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Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned.

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British Immigration office criticized over ‘degrading’ LGBT questionnaire

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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LONDON -- A confidential internal report by the British government, leaked to the British press last week, details a series of graphic questions posed to LGBT people seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, including inquiries into a person's sexual activity.

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Mother says gay son tortured, killed in Honduran prison after illegal deportation

MATT REYNOLDS | Courthouse News Service | Friday, December 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The United States illegally deported a gay asylum-seeker to months of torture and death in a Honduran prison, his mother claims in court.

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EU court: Homosexuality can be grounds for asylum

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
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BRUSSELS -- Refugees facing imprisonment in their home country because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the European Union, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled Thursday.

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Canada says it will favor refugee claims by gay Russians

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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SURREY, British Columbia -- Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Monday that the country's refugee board will favorably review asylum claims by LGBT people fleeing persecution in Russia.

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Norway refuses gay Iraqi asylum, says ‘go home, be discreet’

| Monday, December 12, 2011
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A gay Iraqi has been refused Norwegian asylum and told to “go home and be discreet.” The High Court accepted that Azad Hassan Rasol was gay and that gay men in Iraq are at risk, including at risk of being killed, but it ruled that Rasol ‘must comply with Iraq’s socio-cultural norms’.

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