Legislation / Legal

EHRC: The Supreme Court has ruled that homosexual asylum seekers should be granted refugee status if going back to their homeland would result in them being forced to conceal their sexuality or face persecution for living openly as a gay person.

Lord Hope, the Deputy President, said; 'the question is how each applicant, looked at individually, will conduct himself if returned and how others will react to what he does... he cannot and must not be expected to conceal aspects of his sexual orientation which he is unwilling to conceal, even from those whom he knows may disapprove of it'.
Press release ~ Supreme Court press statement ~ HO press release in response
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