“I know that David Kato is watching.”
By Melanie Nathan and Cathy Kristofferson
Pepe Julian Onziema traveled from Uganda to the United States of America to attend the Motion to Dismiss hearing at Hampden Federal Courthouse, Massachusetts. What follows is a must watch Video of Pepe’s moving remarks, so courageously delivered at great risk to his personal safety, on the Courthouse stairs after the hearing.
Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community of Uganda, under the umbrella organization Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), represented by The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), are suing anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively, from Abiding Truth Ministries, in a case charging that he had committed crimes against humanity.
The lawsuit has been brought under the Alien Tort Act, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law. The suit claims that Lively’s actions resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda. Judgment on the Motion to Dismiss will be issued by the judge at a later date.
Pepe noted it is a very historical moment for him and the Ugandan LGBT community. “This is not only about Uganda,” noted Pepe who went on to elaborate that the case pertains to persecution of all people; and further that it was important to hold those accountable who have harmed the people back in his country, asserting that he would not refrain from speaking for fear of persecution.
“My fallen comrade …… I know that David Kato is watching.”
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- Large crowd of U.S. Gay Activists at MA Federal Court to Support Ugandan Gays against Pastor Scott Lively (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- Scott Lively is still persecuting Ugandan Gays (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- Why we must attend the SMUG v. Scott Lively Lawsuit in Court January 7, 2013 (oblogdeeoblogda.me)