During a statement on the Rwanda asylum plan, I asked Priti Patel about the discrimination LGBT+ individuals can face in Rwanda.
You can see my question below:
Seeking asylum is a basic human right, and we should be protecting people fleeing war and persecution. I thank the many constituents in Vauxhall who show that compassion and have written to me about this deeply inhumane policy. I have flagged up with the Home Secretary the treatment of LGBT people seeking asylum, and I wrote to her on 21 April seeking assurances that the deal that she mentioned had a legal agreement on that. To date I have not received a reply. Can the Home Secretary now assure us that the deal that she has agreed does have those assurances to protect LGBT people?
The Home Secretary said:
I apologise that the hon. Lady has not had a response, and after this statement I will go and find out what has happened to that. If I recall rightly, the hon. Lady raised this matter on the Floor of the House when we last had this debate, and we discussed human rights, including LGBT rights in Rwanda. If I remember rightly, I think I said back then that Rwanda’s constitution outlaws discrimination. Rwanda does not criminalise or discriminate against sexual orientation in law, and importantly, our policy is cognisant of that and fully compliant with those laws and our own domestic laws.
The Foreign Office's own travel advice highlights the discrimination LGBT+ individuals can face in Rwanda.
It's unacceptable for asylum seekers potentially fleeing persecution based on their sexuality to be sent there.
You can see my question below: pic.twitter.com/u449gzhZAe
— Florence Eshalomi MP (@FloEshalomi) June 15, 2022