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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

| Tuesday, September 16, 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 -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was...

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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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Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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The day that Arkady Gyngazov's plane landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York, thugs and hooligans hired by the owner of the building in Moscow where the gay nightclub he helped managed is located, ripped an entire portion of the roof off the building, heating and air conditioning units, exposing the club to the harsh Russian winter.

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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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Saudi diplomat seeking political asylum in U.S. because he’s gay

| Sunday, September 12, 2010
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A Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking political asylum in the United States because he is gay and befriended a Jewish woman, and fears for his life if he returns, NBC News reported Saturday.

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