This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.

 

 

 

Asylum from Rape

Urgent Appeal for Ms Freda Nsumba - a young lesbian woman seeking asylum from Uganda

Ms Nsumba has an Appeal Hearing on 29 April 2014 against the Home Office's refusal of her asylum claim.

Please write to Theresa May, Home Secretary asking that Ms Nsumba be granted the right to stay in the UK.
public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Tel: 0870 6067766
HO Ref No N1129180/008, (Date of Birth: 12/10/1986)

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Latest news on Noela Claye

 image001.jpgMs Claye speaking outside the Houses of Parliament, Friday 7 March, at a 1000 strong demonstration organised by Justice Alliance, against the legal aid cuts.  

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How the UK Government flouts its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention

 
This submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Enquiry into Violence against women and girls is the joint work of Black Women's Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape.

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The Upper Tribunal has rescheduled the Home Office’s appeal against Noela Claye, please write to Theresa May to withdraw the appeal

Good News! Noela Claye hearing tomorrow 28 March has been adjourned again, so there's still time to write to help stop Ms Claye from having to go through yet another hearing – see below. 

ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT . . . ACTION ALERT

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Victory against homophobic deportation!

Ruth Mubiru, a lesbian woman who feared persecution if she was returned to her home country of Uganda, was today given full refugee status at her appeal hearing.

Ms Mubiru called from Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre, where she had been detained for the last few weeks, as soon as she was told by the judge of his decision. She was delighted and relieved and looking forward to being released.

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Launch of new and updated Self-help Guide for Asylum Seekers and their Supporters

From Legal Action for Women


6pm Thursday 27 June 2013

Crossroads Women's Centre
25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX

Launch of new and updated

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Speakers:
Cristel Amiss
, Black Women’s Rape Action Project
Liz Cross, North London Asylum Seeker Drop-In
Maurine Mahoro, All African Women’s Group
Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers

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Rape survivor deported to Uganda claims the UK breached her human rights

A heart-breaking case of a vulnerable rape survivor who was forcibly removed back to Uganda is being considered by the European Court of Human Rights. Final representations were submitted in June by a pro-bono legal team co-ordinated by Women Against Rape (WAR). The case turns on whether the court agrees that the UK government breached Articles 3 (Prohibition of torture*) and 8 (Right to respect for private and family life**) of the European Convention of Human Rights when they insisted on deporting Ms FN despite overwhelming evidence and an immigration judge’s decision that her rights would be breached if they did.

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Asylum from Rape Bulletin November 2012

Margaret Nambi released from detention!

Great news and thanks to all those who wrote to support Ms Nambi. She was released from Yarl’s Wood Immigration and Removal Centre last Wednesday.

Ms Nambi suffered gang rape by soldiers in Uganda in 2001 and fled to the UK (see New Statesman for more info). Because of the stigma and discrimination faced by rape survivors, when she claimed asylum she was unable to speak about what she had suffered. She only reported being raped to the authorities after receiving support from WAR. We worked closely with Ms Nambi’s lawyer on her fresh claim ensuring that information about the rape was included and provided expert evidence to counter claims that a delay in reporting rape indicates a lack of credibility.

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Letter to Lib Dem conference 2011 re Motion F26 'Tackling violence against women'

Motion F26 ‘Tackling Violence Against Women’, 19 September 2011

We are glad that the Liberal Democrats are highlighting some important issues that Women Against Rape has been working on for a number of years. These issues are: the rights of rape survivors seeking asylum; an end to the criminalisation of children in prostitution; an end to the prosecution of rape victims accused of making a false allegation; and an end to the imprisonment of women for non-violent offences.

Specifically, we urge Conference to support Section 2 of Motion F26: ‘Protecting victims’. 
[See Lib Dem Motion F26 on p30 of the Conference Agenda]

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