Comment on Supreme Court Ruling

Comment on Supreme Court Ruling

Scottish Refugee Council welcomes the Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday 7 July 2010 that the Home Office was wrong to suggest to lesbian and gay people seeking asylum in the UK that they could avoid persecution in their own country by being more discreet.

John Wilkes, Chief Executive, said: "While it is clearly unacceptable that there are countries and cultures that continue to punish and persecute lesbian and gay people it was even worse that people seeking protection in the UK because of their sexuality were being forced to return home.

"The judges' ruling is good news for many people in the asylum process whose legitimate fears have been ignored by case-owners at the UK Border Agency. We trust that staff will receive the additional training on both the implications of the court ruling and on appropriate and sensitive approaches to dealing with people seeking protection because of their sexuality."

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