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B.C. woman says she will be persecuted for being gay if she’s deported to Cameroon [+video]

Global News | A Metro Vancouver woman fighting deportation from Canada claims that if she’s sent back to her native country of Cameroon, she’ll be beaten — and perhaps killed — because she’s gay.

“[They] keep beating you and beating you maybe ’til death, because the police will not interfere in it,” said the woman, who asked to be identified as Angela.

“They call that jungle justice.”

Angela is married to her same-sex partner. Her former partner was reportedly detained and beaten in Cameroon, a country where homosexuality is illegal.

Jenny Kwan, the NDP’s immigration critic, has been advocating for Angela for nearly two years and says, “How the government handles this case, I think, sends a very strong message.”

Angela’s initial refugee claim was rejected after officials cast doubt on Angela’s story.

Kwan says the evidence is clear and the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship needs to intervene.

She said if Angela is deported, “I have no doubt in my mind… she will be persecuted and that her life will be at risk.”

Even with the threat of persecution, experts say cases of gay refugee claimants are never clear-cut and decisions often have implications both in Canada and abroad.

“These cases are the most difficult,” immigration consultant Richard Kurland said. “Human sexuality is complex. There’s a spectrum of behaviour.”

Kurland says an experienced board tried this case but the reputation of Angela’s advocates cannot be ignored.

“Even if the person is not same-sex, the perception of being homosexual and sent back to a country like Cameroon may trigger imprisonment or worse.

“Someone deserves to look at this one more time.”

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8 comments

  1. What a SHit$hole way apply for residency.
    She is an ambazombian

    • Are you not aware of the fact that homosexuality is an offense punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment in Cameroon? Haven’t you ever heard of people being beaten and locked because in that Country because they were suspected of being gays? Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, and the rest in God’s hands.

  2. What a cunty way to apply for residency.
    She is an ambazombian

    • troll. your idiocy is displayed in spectacular fashion. it is either you are being used to increase the footfall on this site by inciting polar views on topics or you are just plain stupid. and no one can be this stupid

  3. we are not educated to be patriotic at all.this explains why some of us are ready to betray their land for a simple piece of papper.how many of us know that africa more than 31 million square kilometers?meaning one can own one million kilometers of land,and develop it through agriculture.it is even possible to build a small city in the middle serrounded by farms and industries producing and processing food that people in the city consume,and why not export?unfortunately many of us have been brainwashed,educated in a conquering language reducing our level of patriotism.brought up in self negating fictions like( wereh ngang),jesus coming to save us from what mythic crimes,i dont know!many of us are nothing but ghost of previous generations that fought hard for total freedom.

  4. some even go as far as marrying obese european women rejected by their society under fictive words like christianity.no honor,no respect to the ancestors who paid a huge price for us.cruel crueldeception.

  5. Just tell them you,re Ambazonia.

  6. Are you not aware of the fact that homosexuality is an offense punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment in Cameroon? Haven’t you ever heard of people being beaten and locked up in that country because they were suspected of being gays? Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, and the rest in God’s hands.