Pride Equality International. “‘My Voice Count – African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Spain, France and Belgium.” Barcelona: Pride Equality International, 2016.
- Category: Reports
- Source: NGOs
- Subject: Deportation,Xenophobia,Asylum/Refugee,Bisexual,Discrimination,Documentation status,Gay,Homophobia,Homosexuality,Law/Legistation,Lesbian,LGBTI,Sexual Orientation
- Place: Cameroon,Ghana,Guinea,Kenya,Liberia,Mali,Morocco,Nigeria,Sierra Leone,Uganda
- Year: 2016
- File: PEI-LGBTI-Refugee-Report-Updated.pdf
This report is a collection of testimonies documented by PEI staff and volunteers in Spain, France and Belgium initiated in 2015 as part of PEI project titled “Why Me”. All the stories contained in this report are testimonies shared by African LGBTI people who participated in PEI’s first photo voice workshops in Barcelona, Montargis and Brussels which brings about 40 African LGBTQI people between the ages of 18 – 35 years. PEI conducted 70 personal interviews and published 12 cases with African LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees in Belgium, France and Spain. Most of the participants declined for their stories to be published as they are afraid of deportation and negative backlash. After the workshops, interviews and focus group discussions were held in the three countries to discuss the challenges and further make recommendations to start advocacy for policy and structural changes. PEI had a validation session in each country wherein the participants and contributors made amendments to the final draft prepared by the committee and agreed for their testimonies to be published. After several deliberations we decided that “My Voice Count” is the title of this report. Based on the testimonies documented we observed that African LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees are subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment which is a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments listed on page 21 to 23 of this report. By documenting the lived realities of African LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees in terms of the experiences of human rights violations perpetrated against them, this report adopts the multi-pronged approach of raising awareness on key issues affecting the LGBTI African community, while seeking to influence policy makers and human rights bodies to take action by way of effectuating policies that advance the interests and rights of African LGBTQI communities in Europe.