Action Alert: gay Cameroonian facing removal tomorrow morning from UK
The EveryOne Group appeals with maximum urgency to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to Air France and to the UK Authorities and UK Government: “His deportation must be stopped and his life saved.”
The name of the gay asylum seeker from Cameroon is Joseph Kuate.
Removal time and flight: tomorrow (Saturday 6 August), at 7.35am on flight AF1081 Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle and then via AF900 from Charles de Gaulle to Yaounde.
The airline being used to transport Joseph back to Cameroon is Air France
Joseph’s Home Office reference number: K1325219
Joseph Kuate is a homosexual asylum seeker from Cameroon. He is going to be removed tomorrow (Saturday 6 August), at 7.35am on flight AF1081 Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle and then AF900 Charles de Gaulle to Yaounde. There is still time to make a difference if we act urgently.
We have decided to focus on Air France, the airline being used to transport Joseph to Cameroon, via Paris. In the last week two Air France pilots have refused to fly deportees from the UK. This is encouraging. Contacting the captains is the best chance we have of stopping Joseph’s imminent removal.
Joseph claimed asylum in the UK last year. A homosexual, in Cameroon Joseph suffered under the repressive force of a homophobic society. His family rejected him, he was arbitrarily arrested and beaten, and last year his partner was sentenced to six years in prison. He managed to escape to the UK, via Nigeria. Joseph’s asylum claim was refused because the Border Agency do not accept that Joseph is homosexual. This is a standard response given to homosexual asylum seekers.
Since discovering his homosexuality as a teenager, Joseph has had trouble with his family, his neighbours, and the law. None of his remaining family wants him to be a part of their lives. He has been arrested twice in 2005 and 2006. The first time he was beaten and suffered degrading treatment. Both times he was forced to pay a bribe for his freedom. Finally, in 2010, his partner was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison. The authorities knew that he had been in a relationship with Joseph. For that reason he came to the UK, where he claimed asylum. He has been living in Cardiff.
Homosexuality is against the law in Cameroon. The United States Department of State Human Rights Report 2009 noted that as well as “pervasive societal stigma, discrimination and harassment, as well as the possibility of imprisonment,” homosexuals in Cameroon suffer from “harassment and extortion by law enforcement officials.” This is what Joseph has lived with, and what he can expect if he is returned. The prospect of being removed is causing him considerable distress and, as he suffers from high blood pressure, is putting his health at risk.
Joseph should not be returned to a society that seeks to beat, bully and imprison him because of his sexuality. Nor can he be expected to return to Cameroon and deny his sexuality, hoping to avoid the authorities discovering him. Please join our campaign against Joseph’s forced removal.
THE EVERYONE GROUP NGO URGES UN, EU INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITIES TO IMMEDIATELY PUT PRESSURE ON THE UK GOVERNMENT AND UK BORDER AGENCY TO STOP THE DEPORTATION OF THE CAMEROONIAN GAY AND GRANT HIM REFUGEE STATUS.
What everybody can do to help:
Download and fax this letter (http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/61679055?access_key=key-l7wydljlvv91z9zzxri), with your details added, to Air France as soon as you can.
The fax numbers are 0141 56 70 29 (UK) and 0208 782 8115.
Please remember to include Joseph’s Home Office reference number (K1325219)
Alternatively, you could call customer services on 0871 66 33 777 to complain about the removal.