ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

British Airways Criticised by LGBT Groups over Asylum Removals

08/02/2018 | The Guardian

British Airways has been condemned for cooperating with the removal of refused asylum seekers persecuted for their sexuality while sponsoring the UK’s biggest gay pride event. A letter signed by LGBT rights campaigners, performers and businesses as well as several MPs calls on BA, a sponsor of Brighton Pride, to stop accepting contracts from the Home Office for immigration removals. “The presence of companies that profit off deportations is an affront to the vision of freedom Pride represents,” the letter says. “It is an added insult that many of those deported on British Airways are LGBTQIA+ people who should be marching with us at the parade but instead are brutally rounded up and ejected from the UK to face poverty, persecution and in some cases death.”

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