Please find below a petition calling on the Home Secretary to ensure that those fleeing the practice of FGM in their home countries are provided with sufficient refugee protection in the UK.
The UK courts have stated that if a woman is at risk from female genital mutilation in one part of her country and it would not be reasonable for her to live in another part of her country, the UK should allow her to live here as a refugee. However, the UKBA is regularly refusing protection to women and girls fleeing FGM by claiming that they are able to live safely in another part of their home country. For many women and girls, this is just not possible.
Two weeks ago, Sue Lloyd Robert’s Newsnight program on FGM (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23933437
) was re-aired on the BBC. Following the story of a Gambian asylum seeker who is fleeing FGM for herself and her daughter, Lloyd Roberts travels to The Gambia to investigate the validity of the Home Office’s claim that she would be able to live safely in another part of the country. When visiting the asylum seeker’s relatives, it was evident that she would not be safe in another part of the country; internal relocation would not protect this woman and her child from FGM.
This petition calls on the Home Secretary to ensure that women and girls fleeing FGM are provided with sufficient refugee protection in the UK.
Regional Asylum Activism Co-ordinator for Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Asylum Activism Project
We have all heard stories or know of people who can’t afford a hot meal every day. This is a problem for both British born and refugee people. At least we Brits are able to claim benefits but many refugees can’t unless they agree to return to the country they have fled from in fear of their lives. Find out more about failed asylum seekers living below the poverty line, read the Scottish Poverty Information Unit report.
Concerned that women asylum seekers are not getting fair treatment?
Check out The Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum.