Tag Archives: Uganda

Daily Headline – 28/03/13

UK Home Office fighting to deport rape and torture victim

Odette Sefuko protestAsylum seeker Odette Sefuko has been given an extension on her stay in the UK while DNA tests are undertaken to establish her nationality.

She and the UN claim she is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but the UK’s Home Office claims she is Ugandan.

If she is Ugandan, she will be deported, if she is from the DRC she will be granted asylum.

Odette Sefuko was an anti-rape campaigner in the DRC where her family were murdered and she was raped and tortured and the UK wants to send her back.

Her case drew protests in Sheffield, where she was being held and support from Sheffield’s Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

The UN has labeled the DRC the rape capital of the world.

Daily Headline – 10/03/13

Queen to sign in anti-discrimination charter

Commonwealth of Nations QE2 flagQueen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Head of State for 16 countries (Commonwealth Realm) and head of the 54 member strong Commonwealth of Nations will swear in a new commonwealth charter today.

The anti-discrimination charter will mean its members oppose “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds”

The disappointing part is the “other grounds” which should say ‘sexuality’. It has been suggested that adding anything more specific towards homosexuality could antagonise the numerous homophobic nations within the Commonwealth.

In 5 of the Commonwealth nations (Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh and Guyana) homosexual behaviour can get life in prison and in parts of 2 countries (Nigeria and Pakistan) the death penalty is possible.

So while this is a good move it does fall short of being fully progressive.