Facing persecution on the basis of sexual orientation isa recognized ground for being granted asylum in Germany. | Photo : picture-alliance/Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto
Facing persecution on the basis of sexual orientation isa recognized ground for being granted asylum in Germany. | Photo : picture-alliance/Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto

In response to allegations made by the Lesbian and Gay Association against German authorities last week, the government has admitted to making mistakes with revealing the sexual orientation of asylum seekers.

The German Federal Government took responsibility for disclosing information about homosexual asylum seekers to the countries of origin.

In a letter to the Lesbian and Gay Association in Germany (LSVD), the interior ministry and the Federal Foreign Office (foreign ministry) wrote that they had "regrettably made mistakes" in two cases of asylum seekers, one from Pakistan and one from Nigeria.

This comes a week after Germany's Lesbian and Gay Association had raised the issue. The association reported the foreign office's trusted lawyers had revealed the sexual orientation of asylum seekers.

As a part of the asylum procedure, Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) had asked the foreign office to evaluate information about the applicants' sexual identity. Information was later disclosed by lawyers in their countries of origin, who were assigned with evaluating them. 

The LSDV called it a case of "human rights abuse" that could irreversibly damage the social life of the asylum seekers and cut ties to their families.

The government's letter pledges that in the future, the BAMF will be more cautious about the "necessity, proportionality and the content of the requests" they make to the foreign office, news agency epd reports.

In addition, the foreign office had made the embassies aware of the need to "pay special attention to data protection provisions" when providing administrative assistance in asylum matters.

With edp

 

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