Petition Create a path to safety for all LGBTQ+ Afghans for resettlement in the UK
The UK government needs to create a path of safety for all LGBTQ+ Afghans who want to resettle in the UK. LGBTQ+ people should be included in priority refugee groups such as women and religious minorities as LGBTQ+ are some of the most vulnerable to harm under sharia law and Taliban rule.
LGBTQ+ people face the harshest of treatments under sharia law. All LGBTQ+ Afghans deserve our protection.
LGBTQ+ groups in Afghanistan are an extremely vulnerable group and are now at even greater risk under new Taliban rule.
If we truly believe in human rights in the UK, we need to help LGBTQ+ people escape a regime that will in all likelihood kill or seriously harm them.
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MPs debate LGBTQ+ Afghan Refugees
On Tuesday 21 September, MPs debated LGBTQ+ Afghan Refugees in Westminster Hall, the second chamber of the House of Commons. The debate was led by Kate Osborne MP.
Watch the debate: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/aa04d730-be36-487b-b1b8-1299877140e8?in=14:30:00
Read the transcript: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-09-21/debates/FC5458A6-81E5-4D7C-A933-D3197E56A803/LGBTQAfghanRefugees
During the debate, MPs discussed the risks to LGBTQ+ Afghans still in Afghanistan, and steps the Government could take to support them, including through resettlement.
What are Westminster Hall debates?
Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister. Any MP can take part in a Westminster Hall debate.
Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate' motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]'. They cannot directly change the law.