People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP). 2012. ‘A Dream Deferred: Is the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights (1996) Just a Far-Off Hope for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees?’ LGBT Refugee Support and Advocacy Project. South Africa: Open Society Foundation.

  • Category: Reports
  • Source: NGOs
  • Subject: Xenophobia,Documentation status,Gay,Homophobia,Lesbian,Marginalisation,Transgender
  • Place: Burundi,Cameroon,Congo, Democratic Republic of the,Ethiopia,Somalia,South Africa,Uganda
  • Year: 2012
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In 38 African countries, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, many are fleeing their country of origin to South Africa where they hope to find greater safety, freedom and happiness. However, once in South Africa, a nation that upholds the rights of its LGBTI citizens, refugees and asylum seekers are faced with a variety of challenges including: accommodation, employment, safety, integration, and documentation. The LGBTI Refugee Support and Advocacy Project at PASSOP took notice of this growing issue in its new report, “A Dream Deferred: Is the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights just a far-off hope for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees?”. PASSOP’s new report represents an initial attempt to document the experiences of homophobia and discrimination of LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. It is because of human rights violation and discrimination in their home countries that African LGBTI persons come to South Africa seeking freedom, yet even here they continue to face many of the same difficulties they had hoped to leave behind. We insist that the South African government owns up to the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and finally make their dreams a reality.