The 27-year-old PN-only woman obtained permission to return to the UK last year after the asylum system, which provided for settling applications in two weeks, was declared abusive. Arriving in this country in 2011, the woman applied for asylum based on her sexual orientation which exposed her to the risk of persecution in Uganda. After four months in the custody of the authorities, the Interior Ministry rejected his request, as he could not prove that he was gay.
The PN said last year in an interview with The Independent that she had been raped by a group of men in Uganda and could not go to the police because of her history of homosexuality.
The PN is the first applicant to achieve such a victory after the Court of Appeal ruled that the woman was disadvantaged by the fast asylum system which did not give her time to prove she was gay. The court also ruled that her detention for 4 months was illegal.
In the same interview given in Uganda in July 2019, the woman said that she became pregnant after being attacked in her home and had to keep the child, who is now 4 months old.
“I was sleeping when a group of people came to my house and robbed and raped me. I was alone in the room. I couldn’t go to the police because I didn’t want them to know who I was. I moved from there. I wanted to stop the pregnancy, but the doctor told me I could lose my life. I have no one but the child and the people who came to my aid in the UK. “
PN said after the verdict that it was a long fight and did not think it would win.
“Remembering what I went through at Yarls Wood (immigrant detention center) I feel bad – I don’t want to think about it anymore, it’s a very disturbing thing for me … It was awful and my experience can’t be recounted in words. The decision makes me happy, but I can’t forget what happened to me. He will follow me all my life. “
The activist group Movement for Justice, which supported the woman, said: “It is the end of a seven-year struggle for the PN, of our efforts to bring her back after her deportation under the fast-track asylum system. It was a long and difficult struggle insofar as the Interior Ministry did everything to prevent it from returning – through postponements and more, but the PN did not give up either, and the decision is a testament to what can be obtained when fighting “.
The organization said a large number of asylum seekers had been deported under the system over the years and had the opportunity to challenge those decisions.