Aderonke is 46 years old, an open lesbian, and human rights advocate. For years she has been a victim of homophobic torture, persecution, and brutal arrest in Nigeria and now she is seeking asylum in Britain. As a woman dedicated to standing up for others, now we must stand up for her!
Aderonke fled to Britain in 2004, after being forced into an arranged marriage in Nigeria to hide her sexuality. When she was exposed, she was arrested, tortured & extorted by the Nigerian police. She has since received several death threat messages from the Nigerian Vigilante & Muslim Community Groups who brutally murdered her Lesbian partner.
In the UK, Aderonke is a leader for freedom, equality, & stands against injustices towards LGBT communities. She is a leader in Movement for Justice (MFJ) & many other British LGBTI & women support groups where she openly & publicly fights for justice & equality.
However even in Britain, Aderonke has been subjected to similar homophobia as in Nigeria. Aderonke was subjected to Homophobic abuse at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre where she was detained for one year. Please learn about the homophobic abuse here http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/asylum-now-for-aderonke-alice-and-freda-free-them-no.html. After witnessing & listening to several UKBA brutalities towards women at YW; with her deep belief & care for the rights of women to liberty, dignity & respect, she led a movement & submitted a set of political demands to the UKBA which led to an uprising. Please learn more about That uprising here.
Right now she is currently under the threat of forceful deportation back to Nigeria, a country where Gay & Lesbian people are politically persecuted, imprisoned (14 years) & murdered for being LGBT. A decision by the British government to return her to Nigeria is to her death sentence.
Dear Whom It May Concern,
The British government in March 2011 co-sponsored a Joint Statement on LGBTI Rights by 85 countries at the United Nations, calling on governments like Nigeria and other Homophobic African countries to end the torture of LGBTI people, protect their safety & Human Rights, & stop treating homosexuality as a criminal offense http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/03/158847.htm.
Until these countries can create a government and culture that will protect and support LGBTI people, you must work to help those who have been subjected to homophobic abuse within those places.
We demand that the Government puts these words into action & grant Aderonke immediate asylum.
WE DEMAND THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUTS ITS WORDS INTO ACTION AND GRANTS ADERONKE IMMEDIATE ASYLUM!!!
(Movement for Justice http://www.movementforjustice.org/)