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Battle for Wilson is Won! Ungandan gay was finnaly granted a refugee status.
The battle for Wilson is won! After eighteen months of judicial proceedings a gay man from Uganda was granted a refugee status, based on the fact of homophobic prosecution in his home country.
The battle for Wilson is won! After eighteen months of judicial proceedings a gay man from Uganda was granted a refugee status, based on the fact of
homophobic prosecution in his home country.
On the 8th of August Campaign Against Homophobia was handed in an official decision of the Refugee Board from the 25th of August granting a refugee status to Wilson Sekiziyivu, Ugandan LGBT rights activist. The decision has concluded the eighteen months period of judicial proceedings on granting the citizen of Uganda legal protection against prosecution in his country of origin based on his sexual orientation.
From the very beginning Campaign Against Homophobia was actively involved into judicial proceedings, representing the case of Wilson Sekiziyivu, namely, preparing procedural documents, collecting evidence, providing public and media recognition of the case.
The decision of the Refugee Board has also overruled the decision of the Head of the Office for Foreigners, which as a first instance body has rejected Wilson Sekiziyivu´s claim of legal defense on the territory of Poland, in April of the current year. That decision has provoked much controversy in various non-governmental organizations, as well as the media. After the appeal was submitted, and the proceedings of the case were renewed, the Refugee Board has confirmed that considering ill- treatment of the homosexual persons in Uganda, the very sexual orientation if the applicant increases the chances of him being prosecuted in his country of origin. Therefore, the Board agreed that applicant´s concerns about being prosecuted in his country of origin are entirely justified, considering that he belongs to the specific social group, of non-heterosexual individuals that is.
The current decision of the Board creates a precedent. According to the information, provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs within the last five years not a single case of asylum seeking based of the fear of prosecution for sexual orientation has been resolved positively.
Campaign Against Homophobia sincerely hopes, that the Refugee Board´s decision in general, and the argumentation of the mentioned decision in particular, will establish new standards of proceedings when it come to cases which concern Poland as a provider of legal defense to all of those, who had to leave their home countries while trying to escape discrimination, based on their sexual orientation.