EU court says persecuted gay and lesbian Africans can seek asylum

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Thursday that three openly gay men seeking to immigrate to the Netherlands to escape persecution in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal qualify for asylum. The ruling could enable other LGBT Africans to seek asylum in the EU. But the court also said that the criminalization of homosexuality alone doesn't justify asylum. "The acts of persecution must be sufficiently serious by their nature of repetition as to constitute a severe violation of human rights," the court said.

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