Bisexual woman loses legal bid for refugee status


A woman who alleged she fled her native Nigeria after her family threatened to kill her over being involved in lesbian activity has lost her High Court challenge to being refused refugee status here.

The woman, aged in her thirties, alleges she is bisexual, was introduced to same-sex relationships while a teenager in Nigeria and continued to have same sex relationships along with heterosexual relationships.

She claimed, after her sister discovered her with a girl in August 2011, her family, who are Christian, threw her out and threatened to kill her after which she fled to a sister in Lagos. That sister, she alleged, told her to leave after being told by their parents what she had done.

She claimed she then met a man, referred to as T, who let her live with him for a time. She claimed she later she had a relationship with a girl whose Muslim father threatened to have her stoned after he found out about them.

She appealed to the High Court against a 2012 decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal upholding the refusal of her application for refugee status on grounds including several of her claims were not credible and she had not shown she could not safely relocate to other areas of Nigeria.

Dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Robert Eagar said the tribunal had reasonably found several of the woman’s claims lacked credibility.

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