Lesbian and Gay Asylum Seekers and Refugees

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2003 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
1 August 2003

Conference recognises with serious concern that lesbians and gay men face persecution, imprisonment and death in over 70 countries world-wide.

Conference further recognises that

1.issues related to sexual identity are often not accepted as legitimate reasons for seeking asylum in British immigration and asylum legislation;

2.certain countries designated as “safe” by the Government have an appalling record of brutal treatment of lesbians and gay men.

Conference therefore instructs the National Lesbian and Gay Committee to;

A.vigorously campaign, together with International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), for the recognition of human rights for lesbians and gay men in countries with a record of persecution;

B.liaise with the National Executive Council to encourage Branches to negotiate with employers to ensure that staff working with asylum seekers and refugees receive relevant and appropriate training in dealing with issues of sexuality.