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UK Reverses Decision To Deny Visa To Ugandan LGBT Advocate

Jim Burroway

August 22nd, 2011

Last week, we reported that Britain’s Border Agency (UKBA) has denied a visa for Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) founder and executive Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who was scheduled to open a pride celebration in Derry, Northern Ireland later this month. Today, Paul Canning reports that UKBA has reversed its decision and granted Kasha a visa:

Kasha was today granted a visa to visit Northern Ireland. When reapplying in Kampala she reports it being granted extremely quickly. We understand that there has been significant lobbying regarding the previous visa denial, in particular of the UK Foreign Office.



Regan DuCasse
August 22nd, 2011 | LINK

What a brave soul. She’s beautiful and has the striking looks us portrait artists live to make immortal.

I wish her all the best. (sigh), no human being in this modern age should have to run up against such un elightened, primitive, barbaric and reactionary governments and one’s fellow citizens.

August 23rd, 2011 | LINK

It’s heartening to hear that my country’s administration had the sense to reconsider its loathsome and offensive decision.

And Regan: I agree, this picture of Kasha is very striking.

Timothy Kincaid
August 23rd, 2011 | LINK


I was thinking the same thing. What a strikingly handsome woman.

Jonathan Justice
August 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Let’s not get sidetracked by the consideration that she appears to be breathtakingly beautiful, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is the sort of person any decent country should be proud to welcome as a guest. Her work in citizen activism is a model for good citizenship anywhere. If she did decide to seek asylum, the mere prospect of her continuing presence should merit a formal invitation from the Foreign Ministry.

Regan DuCasse
August 24th, 2011 | LINK

Agreed, Jonathan. Which is why I said she’s an incredibly brave soul. I admire greatly, people who risk their lives to bring justice to others.
Any country should be proud to have her, indeed.

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