Ugandan lesbian Brenda Namigadde tonightÂ won a temporary reprieve from likelyÂ deportation to UgandaÂ — and subsequent certain death — when a British High Court judge granted an injunction temporarily staying her scheduled deportation to Kampala, on the same dayÂ slain gay rights leader David Kato was buried in his ancestral home of Namataba, Uganda.
NamigaddeÂ had already boarded the aircraft at Heathrow International Airport when the injunction came down from the High Court, according to a late-breaking report by The Guardian. Namigadde is scheduled to appear in a hearing before the High Court tomorrow morning. Numerous members of the UK Parliament andÂ Andy Slaughter, the shadow justice minister, expressed “grave concern” over the fate of Namigadde, who lives in his constituency.
Namigadde claims she is afraid for her personal safety and feels her life will be over if she is forced to return to Uganda,Â arguably the most homophobic country on the continent of Africa, fueled by the overt influence of extreme right-wing American Christian evangelicals known as “The Family,” exposed in 2008 by author Jeff Sharlet.
But it appears at this late hour theÂ government of Prime Minister David Cameron ledÂ by Tory-Liberal Party coalition, declined to send Namigadde back to Uganda, despite their professed doubts about her sexual orientation. In the lastÂ 48 hours, the UK’s Â highest ranking relgious leader Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Roland Williams, condemned the murder of Kato and urged the British government to offer protection to gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in England.
International pressure was also ramped upÂ Wednesday in a quickly-formed transatlantic joint collaboration betweenÂ All Out in Britain and GetEQUAL in the U.S., who combined their organizational prowess and online operations by soliciting signatures from around the world by supportersÂ to a statementÂ calling onÂ U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to stopÂ Namigadde’s deportation. All Out and GetEQUALÂ claim at least 40,000 signatures representing 160 countries.
GetEQUAL declared a temporary victory, issuing a statement at 5:55 p.m. EST under managing directorÂ Heather Cronk’s signature, stating, “After a few really tenuous days and a really close call, Brenda Namigadde has been granted a temporary reprieve! The details are still coming in, but Brenda has left Heathrow airport in London and is returning home. She’s not out of the woods, but we’re thrilled that YOUR pressure has bought her some extra time for legal wrangling and, hopefully, safety.”
Talk about a close call!Â As of 5 p.m. GMT in London, the UK Â Border Agency issued the following statement directly to The New Civil Rights Movement on behalf of Matthew Coats, Head of Immigration:
“Ms Namigadde’s case has been carefully considered by both the UK Border Agency and the courts on two separate occasions and she has been found not to have a right to remain here. An Immigration Judge found on the evidence before him that Ms Namigadde was not homosexual.
“The Government has made it clear that it is committed to stopping the removal of asylum seekers who have genuinely had to leave particular countries because of their sexual orientation or gender identification. However, when someone is found not to have a genuine claim we expect them to leave voluntarily.â€
When this reporter pressed theÂ media officer for a statement beyond a prepared one, he declined. It would have been unimaginable to deport Namigadde, whose legal counsel has submitted three affidavits signed by family members attesting to her lesbian sexual orientation, to the UK’s border agency. Namigadde fled Uganda after her relationship with a Canadian woman was discovered a number of years ago. They were both beaten and their house was burned down in retribution for being in a lesbian relationship.
Ironically,Â in reviewing the Home Office’s website, this reporter discovered a golden nugget of informationÂ thatÂ perhaps bodes wellÂ for Namigadde’s future in the UK:Â Stonewall, a national gay and lesbian organization in Britain, recently awarded the UK Home OfficeÂ its Equality Index awardÂ for the bestÂ workplace in the countryÂ for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to work. The Home Office has the Stonewall award press releaseÂ proudly posted on its website.
Lastly and quite deliciously, GetEQUAL also annouced in their victory statementÂ that they areÂ organizing aÂ “Breakfast without Bigotry” in honor of “The Family” on Februry 3, on the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to be held at the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel.Â Anyone choosing to attend The Family’s annual breakfast better be prepared for indigestion and a dish of shame.
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Trump’s ICE Is Using Torture to Quickly Deport Africans Back to a Deadly War-Torn Country
The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”
But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.
One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.
If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.
Trump has deported anywhere from 94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.
Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention
President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.
The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
Unfortunately for Trump, two comedians have already snatched up DonaldJTrump2024.com and are using the site to repeatedly call Trump a loser. They offered to give Trump the URL if he’ll concede and call himself a sad loser via Twitter.
Comedians Bought DonaldJTrump2024.com Just so They Could Mock Him as the Loser He Is
Two comedians Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler (aka “The Good Liars”) purchased DonaldJTrump2024.com and set it up to mock President Trump for refusing to concede the election, planning a 2024 re-run, and ripping off his followers.
The site, which looks almost identical to Trump’s actual website, DonaldJTrump.com, calls Trump a “loser” six times and has a fictional quote from Trump stating, “I lost the 2020 election.” It also has a banner that says “Click here to donate to a PAC that has nothing to do with my legal defense team.”
The banner refers to the fact that while Trump has been begging his supporters to donate to his so-called “Official Election Defense Fund” in hopes of overturning the election in the courts, the legal fine print on his money asks says that if anyone donates less than $8,000, the money won’t go to his legal fights at all but will instead go to the Republican National Committee or “Save America,” a Trump leadership PAC (political action committee), according to Reuters.
The comedians wrote to Trump in a November 24 tweet, “Hey @realDonaldTrump we’ll give you DonaldJTrump2024.com if you tweet ‘My name is Donald Trump and I lost the 2020 election by A LOT. I am a loser. SAD!”.
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