South Korean court grants refugee status to Ugandan lesbian

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A South Korean court has granted refugee status to an Ugandan woman who claims she cannot return home for fear of being persecuted for her sexual orientation, officials said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Ugandan woman, whose name remains undisclosed, fled to South Korea in 2011 after her family members were killed by neighbors because she was a lesbian.

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She soon petitioned the Seoul government for refugee status but the justice ministry rejected her application, saying she did not meet the criteria of a “well-founded fear of being persecuted.”

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