Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary will host a public event titled “UKBA on trial for the murder of Ugandan lesbian, Jackie Nanyonjo and for the torturous asylum process”.
The event will be held on 19th May 2013 at 14:00pm, at the University of London Union (ULU) room3B, Malet Street WC1E 7HY. (Nearest tubes are Russell Sq and Goodge street.)
Participants will hear live testimony from asylum seekers, refugees and ex-detainees to reach a verdict and proposals for change
Jackie Nanyonjo died on 8th March 2013 from injuries inflicted when she was dragged on to a flight by security guards hired by the UKBA.
Jackie, who was deported on 10th January 2013, had sought refuge in Britain where she had been able for the first time to live openly as a gay woman.
Jackie had escaped from a brutal forced marriage and the anti-gay persecution whipped up by the political and religious leaders in Uganda.
Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary said the UKBA and an asylum tribunal dismissed out of hand the evidence of friends and of her partner that Jackie was gay. Her claim for asylum was rejected and she was sent to the notorious Yarl’s Wood women’s detention centre in November last year. Jackie resisted an attempt to deport her in December and lodged a complaint against the UKBA for the brutality she suffered in detention.
The Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary said in a statement: “With all the limited avenues of Britain’s racist immigration laws closed to her… Jackie’s only option was physical resistance. On 10th January, on Qatar Airways Flight QR76, Jackie fought bravely for her freedom against four Reliance guards.
“She continued fighting when the guards drew the curtains round their end of the plane to hide their crimes. She struggled for as long as she could until, beaten up, half strangled and bent double, she was overcome by pain in her chest and neck and was unable to breathe.”
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport the escort party handed Jackie “over to the Ugandan authorities, who held her for many more hours without any medical attention. When family members finally met her, long after the flight had landed, Jackie was in terrible pain and vomiting blood,” The Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary said.
Unable to get the medical attention she needed because she was in hiding, Jackie’s health rapidly declined.