01 Jan '12, 1am

2011 international gay rights roundup: #lgbt

2011 international gay rights roundup: #lgbt

I’m rounding up the year in a series of posts, in which I’ve no doubt missed something, so please let me know what I’ve missed in the comments! Asylum and refugees In May, a Spanish academic estimated that 6,000 LGBT Africans flee to Europe each year. In the UK, authorities bureaucratically codified the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2010 ending the concept that refused asylum seekers could (and should) ‘go home and be discreet’ or relocate to avoid repression. They also began to record sexuality-based asylum claims. This ‘discretion’ argument, widely employed to refuse asylum, was rejected by a US Ninth Circuit court in March but used in cases elsewhere. In the Netherlands, ‘westernization’ after being in the country for a decade became an argument against the removal of an Afghan refugee, and by extension for others, that was accepted by the government. The Netherlan...

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