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LGBT Labour Try To Rewrite History

August 26, 2010

LGBT Labour are claiming that the Coalition Government is going to scrap the international Human Rights Report. This story’s been going around the Internet and the lower-quality papers for some days. It ties in with the narrative that the Government are cutting important things. However, it doesn’t appear to be true – the article itself says:

A Foreign Office spokesman denied that the report will be completely stopped. He told the Associated Press: “The only question is how that report can most cost-effectively be produced in the current financial climate.”

So there we go. It’s a non-story undeserving of attention. However, the story includes a quote from Katie Hanson, co-chair of LGBT Labour, which is nothing less than an attempt to rewrite history. It’s bad enough that Labour are in denial over their economic record, but this disgusts me:

The previous Government was steadfast in its support for LGBT rights abroad by condemning human rights abuses affecting LGBT citizens

This is the Labour Government which repeatedly denied asylum requests from LGBT people fleeing homophobic murder, torture and imprisonment. This is the Labour Government which tried to deport Mehdi Kazemi back to Iran, even after his boyfriend had been hanged. The Labour Government which tried to deport Prossy Kakooza back to Uganda where she had been tortured and gang-raped by the police for being a lesbian.

These two cases were at least eventually won, thanks to hard campaigning efforts by many groups and individuals, including Lib Dems such as Simon Hughes and John Leech. But there are other people who were not so lucky, such as Israfil Shiri, a gay Iranian who was denied asylum by the Labour Government, who covered himself in petrol and set himself on fire rather than be deported.

There are other cases, but it is clear that LGBT Labour are trying to rewrite history, to erase the struggles of these LGBT people who were let down by Labour. This rewriting of history began before the election with Ed Miliband. The record of the previous Government towards LGBT rights abroad is one of failure and shame.

The behaviour of the Labour Government towards LGBT asylum seekers was so shocking that LGBT Lib Dems made it policy of the Liberal Democrats to support LGBT asylum seekers. Under the Coalition Government, the High Court have begun to recognise asylum claims from LGBT people. In principle and in practice, as a Lib Dem I can hold my head high on support for LGBT asylum seekers. No Labour party member can say the same, and this sickening attempt to rewrite history must be exposed for the disgusting sham that it is.

Update: Paul Canning has also covered this, in more detail than me.

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  1. August 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Er. Cashman is not a LibDem. He’s Labour. Has a personal good record though equally reluctant to attack the party’s record.

    Apart from that, right on! I’m ‘exculpating’ on this here http://bit.ly/9BQ2P6

    • August 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      Whoops, my bad. I was a bit too angry to double-check that. I’ll edit the post!

  2. August 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Stay angry. Angry is good. They were s*ite on this stuff. One suggestion for directing said anger > http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2010/08/free-to-be-me-campaign-call-for-uk-lgbt.html (rather than directing on the ex-government, fun though that is …)

  3. Andrew Hickey
    August 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I really, really don’t understand how so many people with the right ideals can see the motes in the coallition’s eye but not the entire lumbermills in Labour’s…

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