UK will no longer ask gay asylum seekers sexually explicit questions

Published: February 18, 2015

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The UK government has announced that people seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation will no longer be asked sexually explicit questions.

The UK has been criticised for making it extraordinarily difficult for LGB asylum seekers from countries where they face persecution to convince officials that they are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

This has included subjecting them to inappropriate and sexually explicit questions.

A 2013 report revealed that a number of gay and lesbian asylum seekers in the UK had even been forced to present “photographic and video evidence of highly personal sexual activity to caseworkers, presenting officers and the judiciary” to “prove” their sexuality.

On Monday, the UK’s Home Office published new guidelines on “how caseworkers should conduct asylum interviews in claims made on the basis of sexual identity.”

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