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LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

But many are locked up in UK detention centres, where they’re exposed to abuse, bullying and harassment for indefinite periods of time.

It’s hard to imagine a less safe place.

Join the campaign and sound the alarm at timelimit.co/28days

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The UK is the only country in Europe to not have a time-limit on how long people can be kept in detention. Every year unknown numbers of LGBTQI+ people fleeing persecution on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics are locked up for indefinite periods of time in detention centres where bullying, abuse, and harassment are rife. 

UKLGIG is partnering with 28 LGBTQI+ celebrities and influencers to share the stories of LGBTQI+ people who have been held within the UK immigration detention system. You can help sound the alarm at timelimit.co/28days.

Indefinite immigration detention is inhumane and has a considerable negative impact on the mental health of almost every person, but for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum, there are particular hardships to bear. In countries where same-sex relations are criminalised or where discrimination against LGBTQI+ people is widespread, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people are often excluded by society and may face prosecution, harassment or violence. Inside detention centres, they often experience prejudices or conditions similar to those from which they have fled. 

UKLGIG is urging MPs to support amendments to the immigration bill this autumn to bring in a 28-day limit to detention and ensure fair treatment for people escaping persecution just for being who they are. Join the campaign at timelimit.co/28days.

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