La persecució per motius d'orientació sexual i identitat de gènere. George Freeman

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Jornada sobre el dret d'asil per motius d'orientació sexual i identitat de gènere
Centre d'Estudis Jurídics i Formació Especialitzada, 18 de novembre de 2013

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La persecució per motius d'orientació sexual i identitat de gènere. George Freeman

  1. 1. Seminary on Asylum Right Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 26 th Nov. 2013 Barcelona SITUATION OF LGBTI PEOPLE IN SIERRA LEONE George Reginald Freeman Pride Equality
  2. 2. ABOUT PRIDE EQUALITY Pride Equality formerly WhyCantWeGetMarried.Com was founded in 2007 to advocate for the promotion and protection of LGBTI human rights in Sierra Leone. We provide services on sexual reproduction health, monitoring and documenting LGBTI human rights violations and submitting position statement to Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and National AIDS commission and the UN OHCHR office in Sierra Leone.
  3. 3. POLITICAL SITUATION Homosexuality is considered illegal in Sierra Leone according to Section 61 and 62 of “the Offences against the Person Act 1861(24 & 25 Vict. c.100)” with jail term not less than 10 years. 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone Homophobic statements by Political leaders Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
  4. 4. RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS
  5. 5. CULTURE & TRADITION Homophobic Laws & Religion makes people to hate and attack LGBTI people. Chase away from home. Negative Media Review on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Patriarchy Homophobia and trans-phobia.
  6. 6. PROBLEMS LGBTI PEOPLE FACE Hate crimes Sexual Violence and Correctional rape Chased away from Home Forced marriage Homophobia in Health institutions and schools
  7. 7. MY EXPERIENCE AS A GAY & LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Growing up as a child Working in a challenging environment Arbitrary arrest and detention by the Police. Recent Attack in 2013
  8. 8. HATE CRIME ATTACK PHOTOS
  9. 9. REASONS FOR ASKING FOR LEAVING SIERRA LEONE TO ASK FOR ASYLUM IN SPAIN Lack of government protection: we were at risk of being killed as the Sierra Leone Police wasn’t able and willing to protect us as LGBTQI people who advocate for LGBTQI issues in Sierra Leone. As Human Rights Defenders at Pride Equality’s we did not feel safe and guarded, because the government does not recognize our existence; the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone did not even issue a statement or acknowledge the emails we sent to report all the attacks.
  10. 10. Religious and cultural leaders in the country tend to be particularly homophobic and through their hate speeches and defamation they stimulate and encourage the homophobic sentiments in the Sierra Leonean society and make people more hostile towards LGBTQI people and LGBTQI defenders. Our families and most of our close friends have abandoned us, because of our LGBTQI human rights activism and our sexual orientation.
  11. 11. !GRACIAS POR VUESTRA ATENCION!

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