Flora Seggane has now been released from Europe's largest immigration detention centre and re-united with her partner from Walthamstow

Flora Seggane, left, holding a Peter Tatchell placard during an LGBT rally in 2013

Flora Seggane, left, holding a Peter Tatchell placard during an LGBT rally in 2013

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A lesbian previously facing fast-track deportation to a homophobic country has been granted asylum by the Home Office.

Flora Seggane of Francis Road, Leyton fled Uganda and moved to the UK in 2002 on a two year working visa after being disowned by her family and 'outed' by the community because of her sexuality.

The 55 year-old has now been released from Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) following an interview to determine her application to seek asylum, with the Home Office on Tuesday.

Ms Seggane is “very pleased” she has been granted leave to remain in the UK with refugee status until April 2019 and can now be re-united with her partner Lulu Mgonja from Walthamstow.

"I'm just so happy and excited to see her," said Ms Mgonja.

Activist Ray Harvey-Amer of LBGT campaign group Raindows Across Borders said Ms Seggane had a strong case.

"Its great news that Flora has now been released from Yarl’s Wood and has been granted leave to stay in the UK.

"She had a strong evidenced case not to be returned to Uganda a dangerous place for lesbians & gay men. 

"Her case was strong. There was no acceptable or logical reason for the UK Home Office to hold her on fast track deportation at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre prior her being granted asylum in the UK."

MP for Leyton and Wanstead John Cryer was informed about Flora's plight by the LGBT group and has welcomed the recent decision.

"I am pleased that Flora has been granted Asylum. I know this must have been a terrible ordeal for her and her close family and friends.

"I am relieved that the Home Office have seen sense and made the decision on merits of the case to grant Flora asylum," said Mr Cryer.

After her visa expired in 2004, Ms Seggane did not seek asylum as she was too afraid to seek help from Africans in the UK, and did not realise her sexuality could be grounds for her to be granted leave to remain in London.

The Home Office has said it does not comment on individual cases, but added "the UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it and we consider every claim for asylum on its individual merits."

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11:25am Fri 18 Apr 14

Woodford79 says...

That's it now. Tell the millions in Africa to say they are lesbians they can all stay here.
That's it now. Tell the millions in Africa to say they are lesbians they can all stay here. Woodford79
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2:07pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Gays fought for years in the UK to achieve equality and justice and look what has been achieved so far, gay marriage, adoption rights and so on. Surely it would be better for this lady to run a campaign for equality in Uganda and fight her cause there and go down in Uganan history.
Gays fought for years in the UK to achieve equality and justice and look what has been achieved so far, gay marriage, adoption rights and so on. Surely it would be better for this lady to run a campaign for equality in Uganda and fight her cause there and go down in Uganan history. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 9

7:50pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pectore says...

@Villagecranberry - Of course it would, but she can't do that if she's dead, or getting 'correctively' raped every 5 minutes.

Besides, it's she's only got leave to remain until 2019. The situation in Uganda may well change in that length of time, so she could likely be sent back there/return of her own accord after then.
@Villagecranberry - Of course it would, but she can't do that if she's dead, or getting 'correctively' raped every 5 minutes. Besides, it's she's only got leave to remain until 2019. The situation in Uganda may well change in that length of time, so she could likely be sent back there/return of her own accord after then. pectore
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8:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

pectore wrote:
@Villagecranberry - Of course it would, but she can't do that if she's dead, or getting 'correctively' raped every 5 minutes.

Besides, it's she's only got leave to remain until 2019. The situation in Uganda may well change in that length of time, so she could likely be sent back there/return of her own accord after then.
We get too involved in the affairs of other Nations, we cannot save the world, The 'Euro Model' is flawed , look how toothless Europe has been with the Crimean situation.

We are a tiny island, we cannot accept the entire third world, economic migrants, potentially the whole of the population of the European Union and refuges with dubious sexual orientations.

We have mass murderers granted asylum, war criminals, rapists and have become the dumping ground of the world for all and sundry What next? People claiming asylum because their head of state do not like them playing a particular musical instrument?
[quote][p][bold]pectore[/bold] wrote: @Villagecranberry - Of course it would, but she can't do that if she's dead, or getting 'correctively' raped every 5 minutes. Besides, it's she's only got leave to remain until 2019. The situation in Uganda may well change in that length of time, so she could likely be sent back there/return of her own accord after then.[/p][/quote]We get too involved in the affairs of other Nations, we cannot save the world, The 'Euro Model' is flawed , look how toothless Europe has been with the Crimean situation. We are a tiny island, we cannot accept the entire third world, economic migrants, potentially the whole of the population of the European Union and refuges with dubious sexual orientations. We have mass murderers granted asylum, war criminals, rapists and have become the dumping ground of the world for all and sundry What next? People claiming asylum because their head of state do not like them playing a particular musical instrument? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

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