LONDON, July 4, 2008 – The gay
Nigerian Christian lay preacher Davis Mac-Iyalla has been freed by the UK
Home Office, Peter Tatchell reports.
Earlier this afternoon,
London-based gay human rights group Outrage! reported that Mr. Mac-Iyalla,
who is seeking refuge in UK had been arrested and incarcerated at the
Oakington asylum detention centre in
“The Home Office has just announced
that [Mr.] Mac-Iyalla has been freed,W Mr. Tatchell said.
“After an intensive lobbying
campaign for his release, the Home Office has relented and set free Mr Mac-Iyalla.
“I am delighted that the Home
Office has finally seen sense and released him.
“But he was only freed because he
has lots of supporters and a first-class solicitor, Abigale Evans of Wilson
“Many gay asylum seekers are not so
lucky,” Mr. Tatchell pointed out.
“They end up in detention for
“Davis should never have been
detained in the first place.
“Treating a victim of homophobic
persecution like a common criminal is outrageous, said Mr Tatchell insisted.
It is not known if Mr. Mac-Iyalla will still be
speaking at Pride London in Trafalgar Square tomorrow afternoon.
But Mr. Tatchell, who is also on the list of speakers,
will be referring to the Mac-Iyalla matter, he said this afternoon.
Christian Lay Preacher Seeking Refuge in UK Arrested and Incarcerated.
Davis Mac-Iyalla, a leader of Changing Attitude Nigeria, the gay Christian
and gay rights movement in Nigeria, has been arrested on the eve of Pride
London . (UK Gay News, July 4, 2008)
Christian Leader Narrowly Escapes Death in Brutal Attack. A shocking
story of mob violence has emerged which almost culminated in the death of
one of the leaders of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group in Port
Harcourt. (UK Gay News, March 21, 2008)
Davis, Gay English Church Group Pleads to Nigerian Archbishop. By
Colin Coward. Davis Mac-Iyalla, Director of Changing Attitude Nigeria,
has been the subject of further intimidation last week. He was visited,
when absent from his place of work, by two men who were identified as
Nigerians. (UK Gay News, March 6, 2007)
Christian Gay Group Meets Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola. Davis Mac-Iyalla,
director of the Christian gay group Changing Attitude Nigeria, briefly met
Archbishop Peter Akinola, Primate of All Nigeria, today. (UK Gay News,
February 14, 2007)
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Posted: 1 July 2008 at
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