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Tories' asylum attacks

Issue No. 2289

When the Tories say that they condemn countries that don’t respect the rights and liberties of gay people, they are hypocrites.

In 2010 the government promised that no one would be deported who would be likely to face persecution for their sexuality. Previously, it had argued that people could be deported—saying they could avoid persecution by hiding their sexuality.

But the government has continued to deport LGBT asylum seekers to countries where being homosexual relationships are illegal and LGBT people suffer violence and discrimination.

Now the attacks on legal aid mean that people fighting and appealing government decisions to deport them are even more vulnerable.

The two largest providers of legal aid for migrants and asylum seekers have gone, leaving LGBT people and others at the mercy of the UK Border Agency.

All legal aid to asylum or immigration cases, except where someone is in detention, is set to be cut. And many parts in Britain are left with no legal aid solicitors.

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