Press Statement: “A Dream Deferred” LGBTI Report Launch

Press Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LGBTI REFUGEE REPORT LAUNCH AND PRESS CONFERENCE 

A Dream Deferred- “Is the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights just a far-off hope for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees?”

TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH

 PASSOP will launch a new report from its LGBTI Refugee Support and Advocacy Project on Tuesday June 26th, from 14:00 to 16:00 at the IDASA House, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town City Centre. The report launch will include a panel discussion with LRC, Triangle Project, Gender DynamiX and Free Gender.  Members of the press are invited to attend.

In 38 African countries, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, many are fleeing their country of origin to South Africa where they hope to find greater safety, freedom and happiness. However, once in South Africa, a nation that upholds the rights of its LGBTI citizens, refugees and asylum seekers are faced with a variety of challenges including: accommodation, employment, safety, integration, and documentation. The LGBTI Refugee Support and Advocacy Project at PASSOP took notice of this growing issue in its new report, “A Dream Deferred: Is the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights just a far-off hope for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees?”.

During an interactive discussion, PASSOP will address the difficulties faced by LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa and also offer recommendations for the national government, NGOs, and other stakeholders to improve the human rights conditions for this vulnerable group.  PASSOP’s new report represents an initial attempt to document the experiences of homophobia and discrimination of LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. It is because of human rights violation and discrimination in their home countries that African LGBTI persons come to South Africa seeking freedom, yet even here they continue to face many of the same difficulties they had hoped to leave behind. We insist that the South African government owns up to the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and finally make their dreams a reality.

For Information, Please Contact:

Guillain Koko on 078 5029 626

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