Bisexual Orashia Edwards denied asylum

Following a Judicial Review, Orashia Edwards has again been denied asylum in the UK, Radio Aire is reporting.

Edwards lost his primary campaign against the institutionally biphobic UK asylum system in December 2013, after a lengthy battle in which he was accused of dishonesty by a court that believes that because Edwards has a child he cannot be bisexual. Edwards has previously told the press that he “would rather die than get on a plane”. Jamaica’s notorious Offenses Against the Person Act criminalises acts of ‘gross indecency’ between men in public and private, and anal sex between any genders.

In March this year, video emerged of a gay man being stoned to death by a homophobic mob in Montego Bay. Biscuit has chosen not to link to this graphic content, which can be found online.

Edwards moved to Antigua at the age of 16 and married an older woman in an attempt to veil his sexuality. His wife exposed his sexuality online, causing concern as to his safety should he return to his country of birth.

In 2011, he fled to the UK to be with his family in Leeds.

It is grimly ironic that since publicity surrounding Edwards case has increased, so has the risk he faces should he return to Kingston.


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Libby Baxter-Williams

Libby is a 30-something Londoner, who spends more time reading picture books than is seemly. She became a bi activist entirely by accident, but now she can't imagine living any other way. In the event of an emergency, she'll have a large gin and tonic, thanks.

3 Responses to Bisexual Orashia Edwards denied asylum

  • I wonder how can they sleep at night knowing they are accessories to murder.

  • Jo Brown says:

    “Following a Judicial Review …” What did the judgement say? What reasons were given for upholding the decisions of the Home Office and Immigration Tribunals?

    ” … since publicity surrounding Edwards case has increased, so has the risk he faces should he return to Kingston.” Are you saying that publicity in the UK has reached Kingston? If so, what are the results of the publicity?

    • mm
      Libby says:

      Hi Jo,

      We know the publcity has approached Kingston because stories have appeared in the Jamaican press on Orashia’s previous hearings (eg here, here, here). Some of the comments beneath those articles speal for themselves.

      This story does no contain any of the contents of the ruling because we have noy yet seen a copy. For more, you can follow the Defend Orashia facebook page, or visit Leeds No Borders.

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