Title

Refugee Board Creates Guidelines for Deciding LGBTQ Claims

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

5-5-2017

Source Publication

Toronto Star

Description

The guidelines are meant to help decision-makers at the Immigration and Refugee Board with claims based on sexual orientation, which are hard to verify and validate.

A Nicaraguan man was refused asylum in Canada because he had not pursued gay relationships. A gay man from St. Kitts was denied because a refugee judge said cops in his home country could’ve protected him. A Ugandan lesbian refugee was denied because her story was ruled not credible.

Asylum claims based on sexual orientation are hard to verify and validate, as LGBTQ claimants are an invisible minority with no membership or specific physical appearance to prove their identity, presenting a huge challenge for decision-makers at the Immigration and Refugee Board.