Apr 15 2019

Syrian LGBT refugees to sue Britain’s Home Office for leaving them in Turkey

Fifteen refugees Syrian LGBT are to take legal action against the British Home Office for failing to settle them in Britain despite being accepted onto a refugee resettlement scheme, claiming the danger they face while waiting in Turkey equates to inhuman and degrading treatment and breaches human rights law, the Guardian reported on Monday.

Turkey is host to some 3.5 million refugees from the civil war in neighbouring Syria and many of them have applied for asylum in third countries. The 15 called on the Home Office to take immediate steps to sort the issue out as they said that, living in Turkey, they were in constant danger.

“Their stories are truly heart-breaking. We really do hope that the Home Office expedites these applications without the need for further litigation. They’ve known of the urgency for quite some time. They must act swiftly,” the Guardian quoted Toufique Hossain and Sheroy Zaq, the lawyers of the 15 LGBT refugees, as saying.

Although Turkey does not prohibit homosexuality, but homophobia is widespread. Wisam Sankara, a gay Syrian refugee, was murdered in Istanbul in July 2016.

A Home Office spokesman told the Guardian: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/15-syria-lgbt-refugees-say-uk-home-office-has-abandoned-them-to-danger-in-turkey