La persecució per motius d'orientació sexual i identitat de gènere. George Freeman
Seminary on Asylum Right Based on Sexual Orientation
and Gender Identity
26 th Nov. 2013
SITUATION OF LGBTI
PEOPLE IN SIERRA LEONE
George Reginald Freeman
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.
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
1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone
Homophobic statements by Political leaders
Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
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.
Homophobia and trans-phobia.
PROBLEMS LGBTI PEOPLE
Sexual Violence and Correctional rape
Chased away from Home
Homophobia in Health institutions and
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
REASONS FOR ASKING FOR LEAVING
SIERRA LEONE TO ASK FOR ASYLUM IN
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.
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.