EU ends invasive sexuality tests for asylum seekers

Amy Ashenden

Refugees claiming asylum on the grounds that they are gay, lesbian or bisexual should not have to undergo ‘tests’ to prove their orientation, the European Court of Justice has found.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the testing system, labelled ‘distressing’ by Stonewall for their inclusion of questions on films the asylum seekers watch and sometimes requests for photographic and video evidence of sexual activity, must be consistent with EU law.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) says they must respect human dignity. Its rulings apply to all EU member states.

‘I welcome the ruling,’ says lesbian asylum seeker and Diversity Role Model Aderonke Apata. Aderonke, from Nigeria, has been fighting to be granted asylum in the UK for 10 years, despite having received death threats and facing imprisonment in her home country.

‘This landmark decision on assessing the credibility of sexual minority asylum seekers is long-awaited,’ Aderonke adds.


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About Amy Ashenden

Freelance journo currently on my Year Abroad in Madrid, and blogging it at BA French and Spanish at the University of Southampton, Editor of, and previous intern at g3 magazine and Pink News. Proud freelancer for BBC South East.