Gay Ugandan-born Robert Kityo, who has been living in Manchester since 2011, fears for what could happen if the Home Office keeps its decision to deport him back to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal.
A decision letter written on behalf of Home Secretary Theresa May said that, “It is not accepted that you are a homosexual and an openly gay man.”
Kityo’s failed latest attempt to secure asylum in the UK has been backed by a petition signed by over 1,900 people and letters written by more than 30 people, including leaders of LGBT Groups and Dr David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester.
Speaking to the Independent, Kityo said: “I’m very scared. I’m a gay man and in Manchester I am able to be who I am.
“I have made many friends here who accept me and love me. But I’m frightened that I will be killed if I am sent back to Uganda. It isn’t safe to be a gay man in Uganda.”
The Home Office letter stated that “Most of the people who have written the letters and statements appear to have known you only since 2014. This undermines your case for being an openly gay man.”
It is illegal to be gay in Uganda under a penal code from 1950s that prescribes jail for those found guilty of homosexual acts.
Last year, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act, however human rights campaigners fear it could be re-enacted.
Robert Kityo, who is 35 years-old, also said that his partner had been jailed in Uganda for being gay and a warrant had been issued for his arrest if he returned.
After another appeal from Kityo’s legal team to grant him asylum in the UK the Home Office is now taking a further look at his case.
Even though the Home Office’s policy of not commenting on individual cases speaking to The Independent they said: “The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration last year praised our guidance and training on handling sexual orientation claims, stating that it was clear and concise.
“We worked closely with organisations such as Stonewall, the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to develop this training, which is now mandatory for our caseworkers.”