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England rejects asylum petition of man because he failed to prove he is gay

By Mason White 8:54 AM November 18, 2015
Robert Kityo 

By: Wayne Morin
A man is scared that he will be killed for being gay if he is deported from England.

35-year-old Robert Kityo was born in Uganda, and he was looking for asylum because he was being persecuted for being gay.

However, he now faces deportation from Manchester, after immigration officials said that he “failed to prove” his sexuality.

Kityo was taken to a deportation center after his last attempt to seek asylum was rejected by the Interior Ministry.

The decision came despite the fact that more than 30 people, including Dr. David Walker, who is the Bishop of Manchester, and the leaders of the LGBT groups in the city, sent letters in support of Mr. Kityo.

More than 1,900 people have signed a petition that he should be allowed to stay in the United Kingdom.

Kityo volunteers for a number of LGBT groups, including the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation. He is also a member of a number of Christian church groups.

Kityo fears that he might be killed if he is sent back to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and he can be jailed if found guilty of homosexual acts.

Mr. Kityo arrived in the United Kingdom in 2011 with a student visa, and applied for asylum the following year. He said that his partner in Uganda is in jail for being gay and a warrant was issued for his arrest if he returned.

An immigration judge rejected Kityo’s application on appeal, saying that he did not believe Kityo will suffer persecution.