Trauma and credibility in the asylum process: evidence to help women asylum seekers

The Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law was founded in 2007 in order to bring the findings of empirical, psychological research into legal decision making. Our research to date has focused on the asylum system, and last year Comic Relief awarded us funding to take our research findings to the voluntary sector, to ...more ⇒

Gay politician fights for LGBT rights in Nepal

As the Nepali prime minister gets ready to leave office, the first out-gay Nepali parliamentarian spoke to a New York audience on Wednesday. Sunil Pant, a member of Nepal’s constitutional assembly, spoke at the Rubin Museum of Art as part of a series on LGBTI life in the Himalayas. Pant said that he knew he was ...more ⇒

Nigerian gay footballer deported by Austria has gone underground; Austrian police charge his counsellor with ‘promoting an illegal stay’

25 year-old Nigerian gay footballer Cletus U, deported by Austria 5 May on a a Frontex (European Union agency) plane to Nigeria with 44 others (and 113 guards) despite mass protests in Vienna, has told a leading Austrian newspaper that he is now in the Lagos slums, living in a shed with five other men. full story ?

The Afghan women jailed for ‘bad character’

Meet Sorarya and you meet “attitude”. It has something to do with the way she wears her red tunic and trousers, her short cropped black leather jacket, and the way she chews gum and rolls her eyes. “What are you here for?” I ask as we sit in a makeshift beauty parlour, surrounded by a group of ...more ⇒

How Syrian Police Can Keep Gays Locked Up: Threatening Families Who Want to Bail Them Out

Over five weeks between March and April, Syrian police and Secret Service agents have raided gay parties and cruising areas arresting more than 25 men for “having a homosexual act”, “dealing, buying or consuming illegal drugs”, “organising illegal ‘obscene’ parties”, ...more ⇒