Why are German embassies denying visa requests from LGBTI activists seeking to take a brief trip to Germany for a workshop on security?
[See articles here, here, and here on the repeated invitations of the German activist group HAMIAM to dozens of African activists to attend the seminars. After more than a year of multiple invitations, only three activists have been granted visas to attend.]
It doesn’t make sense.
Especially now. Germany is open-heartedly accepting refugees from Syria and is expecting to set a record this year of 800,000 applications for asylum overall.
Why are German embassies denying temporary visas to LGBTI activists for fear that a handful will use those visas to seek safety in Germany from their countries’ anti-LGBTI violence?
Is homophobia the reason? Racism? Bureaucratic backwardness?
- German allies clear hurdles, help 3 African LGBTI activists (76crimes.com)
- Germany blocks Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar (76crimes.com)
- Germany’s fears block Ugandans’ trip to safety seminar (76crimes.com)