Showing posts with label Gay Refugees. Show all posts
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May 15, 2016

Germany Wants to return Gay Refugees to Gay Un friendly Countries

Germany may soon pass a law that would consider three North African countries, known for their anti-LGBTI laws, as safe, meaning asylum seekers will have applications rejected unless they are able to produce evidence proving their persecution.
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Germany’s lower house of parliament has approved the draft law stating that the North African countries, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco are considered to be safe, a concept defined by a Federal Constitutional Court ruling that reads, “For a state to be declared a safe country of origin, there has to be nationwide safety from political persecution for all citizens and demographic groups”, reports to Gay Star News.

Homosexuality is illegal in all three countries and the bill has been criticised by human rights groups, the opposition party the Greens and hard-left party Die Linke.

Baerbel Kofler, the government commissioner for human rights, voted against the bill and told Reuters that there were “proven and documented human rights violations” in all three of the countries.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière defended the bill saying that “being able to say ‘no’ is also a part of helping” and that migrants from these countries were coming not because they faced persecution but “because benefits are better [in Germany] than they might be in their home country.”

The bill still needs to pass in the parliament’s upper house.

By Daily News 

Also in Germany:

Germany is preparing to overturn the convictions of gay men who were convicted of having homosexual sex before 1994 when same-sex intimacy was decriminalised.

The German justice minister says the historical convictions are "wrong... they are deeply hurtful to human dignity.”

“Homosexual men who were convicted should no longer have to live with the stain of a criminal record," he added.
Homosexuality was partially decriminalised in East Germany in 1968 and in West Germany in 1969, but there were a further 3,500 convictions before the law was finally repealed in 1994.

A campaign to have historical convictions in New Zealand wiped from the records has yet to bear fruit, with Minister of Justice Amy Adams saying as recently as January this year that “its impossible to tell whether they involved consensual acts or not after the event, because of the way the law was written.”

January 23, 2016

Berlin’s LGBT Group Gets Help for Abused Gay Refugees


We all know that through all those thousands of Syrians asylum seekers there most be a good percentage of LGBT. As a matter of fact when gays have to disclose who they are they also need to disclose their sexual orientation so they could would be considered for qualification under the asylum program. 
The LGBT in Germany has taken steps to help those refugees. I don’t have to tell you what happens when all those so called religious people in line to be interviewed and they hear someone is gay the news spreads among homophobes like wild fire. 

For those that look weaker or smaller there is rape and possible pushed to to be pimped and for the others there is vocal abuse and gang beatings. The gay community in Germany is a strong smart bunch of people that not only complaint but they also get their hands dirty in demonstrations and pushing the government to be fair in the way they are treated. These community remembers the days in which they were tagged with a pink triangle and hung or sent to the gas camps to be gassed and burnt. They take no prisoners when they see their rights violated.

The Jerusalem Post reported what steps this community is taken to help some of these refugee seekers.
They have gotten the ok to open a center that accommodates 125 in Berlin.

There are an estimated 3,500 LGBT asylum seekers in Berlin, many experiencing abuse in shelters where they are staying with other people seeking asylum, according to Schwulenberatung, a Berlin-based gay rights organization which will run the center.

"We have heard a lot of stories about discrimination and crimes against LGBT people in the last two years," Stephan Jakel, Schwulenberatung manager in charge of refugee affairs, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.

"They were frightened and scared after being beaten or spat on, and one survived a murder attempt. We heard a lot of horrible stories," he said by phone from Berlin.

Germany has borne the brunt of Europe's biggest refugee influx since World War Two with over one million people arriving in the country in 2015, most of them fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Between August and December 2015, there were 95 cases of violence against LGBT people, mainly in accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers, according to the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD).

They involved physical violence, sexual assaults, insults, threats and coercion.

Jakel said there was a shortage of cheap or free apartments in Berlin and many asylum seekers were forced to remain in centers for a long time, often facing abuse.

"Refugees have been coming to our center over the last few years asking for help," Jakel said.

LGBT asylum seekers will be offered accommodation in the new center during their asylum-seeking process and will be allowed to stay for as long as they need, he said.



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