October 22, 2014 – Reported by PinkNews – A review into LGBT asylum policy by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Sir John Vine, is due to be published in Parliament on Thursday.
Home Secretary Theresa May ordered the review in March, following a leaked report revealing that LGBT asylum seekers continue to face degrading “interrogations” about their sex lives by Home Office staff.
Last year, the Home Affairs Select Committee brought to light cases where people were forced to hand over pornographic video evidence of them engaging in same-sex sexual activity.
In June, Conservative minister Baroness Susan Williams admitted that the UK Government did not know how many asylum claims were made on the basis of sexual orientation.
Earlier this summer, the High Court ruled that fast track detention, a system used to process the vast majority of cases, was “unlawful”.
Speaking to PinkNews last month, Lib Dem Justice Minister Simon Hughes said greater improvements were needed when it came to the decision-making process.
He also questioned the length of time claimants were held in detention for and suggested banning them from work during the process was counterproductive…