|¨There are no Gay Rights in Uganda¨ Dyson escaped violence, rape and imprisonment in Uganda|
60 current or former refugees and asylum-seekers were chosen to participate in the Congress, the first to be held in the United States. It was organised by UNHCR to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention...¨
Gay Ugandan refugee Dyson was selected and traveled from San Francisco, California. Dyson and a representative from Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) – an NGO that assists lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees and helped resettle Dyson in California – met with staffers in the offices of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"In 2009, when a strong anti-gay movement swept through Uganda," she says. "Dyson found himself defamed by the press media, due to his sexual orientation. To fight the harrassment, he decided to advocate for a stop to the violence and threats aimed at homosexual individuals."
"He approached radio talk shows as a medium from which he could address the issue. There are no gay rights in Uganda and on the way home from a live broadcast interview that was hosted by an anti-gay minister, he was kidnapped at gunpoint, told that he was a rebel fighting the government, and was beaten, stripped, and raped. Afraid to eat the food he was given because of fear of being poisoned while held captive, he became sick and contracted malaria."
"After days of torture, one of the soldiers recognized Dyson from his life as a gospel singer. The soldier helped him to escape. He fled to a UN refugee camp in Kenya but had to leave when other refugees threatened him because of his sexuality. After leaving the camp, he found UNHCR in Nairobi, and eventually found safety as a refugee living in the U.S." HERE
|Anglican MP David Bahati, ¨Kill the Gays¨ instigator of Uganda|
|¨Pastor¨ Scott Lively, MP David Bahati|
· Thanks to Lilli Tnaib from UNHCR in Washington DC
· Thanks to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's representative in the United States
· Thanks to LGBT Asylum News, sidebar
· Thanks to Paul Canning
· Thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ¨The Refuge Protection Act¨
· Thanks to “Guidance Note on Refugee Claims relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,”