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    The Scottish government does not (yet) have any powers over foreign affairs or Immigration matters.

    While the campaigns in connection with the Commonwealth Games is welcome, the offer itself is nonsense in that asylum is already given to gay "in genuine fear of persecution" in accordance with treaty obligations. The UK already has rules that gays who are in fear of legal sanctions and/or cultural violence against gays can ask for asylum and the rule has been in place since 2002.

    The Home Office said that applicants from Jamaica, where homosexual intercourse is a criminal offence punishable with up to 10 years of hard labour, were eligible for asylum if they could prove that their government was failing to protect them. "If you are claiming persecution as part of a particular social group and the state is not providing adequate protection, there may be grounds for a valid claim," said a spokesman.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:38:38 PM PST

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