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[UPDATE: Prossie N was deported back to Uganda on 12th December 2013.]
Despite helping to murder the last Ugandan lesbian who asked for asylum, and the EU ruling that being gay is legitimate grounds for seeking protection, the UK still hasn't learned its lesson.
The Home Office is trying again to deport lesbian asylum seeker Prossie N to Uganda. The last time they tried to deport her, in November, she resisted with such strength and determination that the Ethiopian Airlines pilot refused to allow any passengers to board the plane until the 'escorts' took her off.
They were trying to deport her even though her health had not improved since a flight in October was cancelled because she was so clearly she unfit to fly. After two more months in Yarl's Wood detention centre Prossie's health has deteriorated further and she has had an assessment by Medical Justice, but the UKBA wants to deport her again on Thursday 12th December - this time on Kenya Airways.
Prossie is 20 years old and was a victim of sexual abuse and rape by her uncle from the age of 8 (her parents died when she was young). She was taken out of school at 13 and after her sexuality was exposed when she was 15 she was moving about and living on the streets for much of the time. A married woman with whom she had a secret relationship got her a passport & visa through an agent who brought her to Britain from Uganda in September 2010. She has had several lesbian relationships since she arrived and was arrested in a UKBA raid on the house where she was living on 21st July - she was taken to Yarl's Wood, claimed asylum and her case was put on 'Fast Track' and refused while she had little opportunity to contact potential witnesses.
Prossie faces certain persecution and the likelihood of imprisonment and torture if she is returned to Uganda. There is no family she can turn to for support or protection. She has made a home in Britain and has a circle of friends - gay and straight - in London's Ugandan community; they are coming forward as witnesses for Prossie, but she is a victim of an unjust, inhuman and racist system that treats all asylum seekers as criminals until they can prove that they are not lying.
Prossie's deportation must be cancelled, she must be released from Yarl's Wood and granted asylum.
KQ101 is a death flight for LGBT Ugandans!
Bombard Kenya Airlways with phone calls, voicemail messages, e-mails and faxes demanding that they immediately cancel Prossie N's ticket for Flights KQ101/KQ410 at 19.00hrs on Thursday 12th December.
Quote Prossie's Home Office reference: N0157846.
CONTACTING KENYA AIRWAYS
Central Office: 020 8283 1800
Heathrow Office: 020 8759 7366
Passenger reservations: 020 8283 1818
Fax: 020 8283 1880
Kenya Airways is Kenya's national 'Flag Carrier' - Contact the Kenyan High Commission in London - Ask them to tell Kenya Air that they should not be flying Prossie to Uganda - to do so will make their government complicit.
Telephone: 020 7636 2371/5
Fax: 020 7323 6717
DEMAND THE HOME OFFICE STOPS PROSSIE'S DEPORTATION
Fax/Email the Home Office - Demand that Prossie's removal is cancelled and that she is released from Yarl's Wood.
Home Secretary Theresa May: email@example.com Fax: 020 7219 1145
And copy to the following Home Office & UKBA addresses: