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asylum needed urgently

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This came to my attention yesterday, and I am sending it on to all of you at World Pulse by simply copying the request for action by people at So much more is needed in the protection of lives of LGBT people world wide. In the moment, I hope that this post will at least pressure the UK to provide safe haven for Aderonke.

When Aderonke was outed as a lesbian in Nigeria, she was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death, and her girlfriend was murdered because of their relationship.

She fled to the UK to seek asylum. But after a humiliating interrogation where UK officials refused to believe she was a "real" lesbian, a judge is now poised to send Aderonke back to Nigeria... where she'll likely be killed.

We still have a chance to save her. The UK Home Office has just announced plans to reevaluate the process they use for LGBT asylum cases, but reform won't come in time to help — unless we can convince Secretary Theresa May to halt deportations first!

PETITION TO HOME OFFICE SEC. THERESA MAY: We urge you to halt the deportations of LGBT asylum seekers and keep Aderonke from being sent home to her death.

Click here to sign -- it just takes a second.

-- The folks at
P.S. If the other links aren't working for you, please go here to sign:


Thank you for posting this action alert. We all need to be watching out and standing up for each other, right? And World Pulse is the place to find such support! I hope many respond to this urgent plea.

Together we are one.

Let us Hope together-
aka: Cali gal


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some news

Hello Cali gal,

Thank you so much for your response. There has since been some movement on behalf of Aderonke and others fleeing to the UK from similar situations. Strong demonstrations have taken place, a petition signed by more than 20,000 people has been presented to the Government, and the Department of Immigration has been challenged on the inhuman line of questioning people have been subjected to, to "prove" that they are gay. The support of LGBT people in many countries remains an enormous issue, and I very much appreciate this Action Alert site provided by World Pulse. We await news of any decision.

It gives me hope that you are watching too.


Did You get the asylium ?

UWA/ United women of Africa. SADAC - Mozambique

Tam's picture


The most recent news that I have been able to find states that Aderonke Apta was given the possibility of having her request for immigration considered by a judicial review in Britain. This is good news. I do not know the date of the hearing, but I did read that she has continued to gather strong support. She also was given an award in September by National diversity Awards, as a leading role model. She is on Facebook, which I hope will continue to bring her support.
I will bring any news I learn to this site. Thank you for asking.


Faisal shah's picture

thank you for posting but i

thank you for posting but i would like to know what this forum is about

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