Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

In Uganda, the Constitutional Court handed down its favorable judgment in the case Juuko Adrian v Attorney General, Constitutional Petition No. 1 of 2009 , which challenged Section 15(6)(d) of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act. The provision barred the Commission from investigating “any matter involving behavior which is considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or … More Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

In Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively for His Role in LGBTI Persecution in Ugandan|  Lawsuit Charges Lively with Crime Against Humanity November 9, 2016, Springfield, MA – Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, appeared in court to argue that a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries … More LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

Sexual Minorities Uganda Lawsuit Charges Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively with Persecution   | Oral Argument in Springfield, MA Wednesday, November 9, 11:00 AM Springfield, MA – On Wednesday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, will argue in a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries President, Scott Lively. The … More Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

International Human Rights Court in Africa delivers Judgment Blow in Historic First LGBT Case

This morning the East African Court of Justice delivered a blow with its judgment in a matter initially brought before it by a Ugandan based Human Rights coalition. The matter of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) v Attorney General of Uganda (and the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS))  … More International Human Rights Court in Africa delivers Judgment Blow in Historic First LGBT Case

Ugandan Human Rights Coalition Calls on Government to Respect the Law following Anti Gay Pride Raid

Ugandan Coalition appalled by utterances by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Hon. Simon Lokodo that he would call upon Ugandans to commit unlawful acts Here is the statement from The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (the Coalition)  in Uganda, condemning the Uganda Police Force’s actions as well as the horrific … More Ugandan Human Rights Coalition Calls on Government to Respect the Law following Anti Gay Pride Raid

Documents in Case Against Scott Lively Reveals Massive LGBTI Persecution

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Submits Extensive Documentation of Anti-Gay Persecution in Uganda and Role of Scott Lively and Ugandan Actors in Propelling It  Yesterday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted a filing in federal court documenting the widespread and systematic persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda and the key … More Documents in Case Against Scott Lively Reveals Massive LGBTI Persecution

Breaking Uganda Pride Participants Detained in Police Raid

Reports that LGBT participants have been physically and emotionally Abused by Ugandan Police Reports are coming in from an Uganda Pride event, Mr. and Mrs. Pride,  that police have raided, possibly made arrests of LGBTI activists and human rights defenders, while detaining attendees on the rooftop of a building.: An activist at the event informed … More Breaking Uganda Pride Participants Detained in Police Raid

Ugandan Police make Unsavory Accusation While Failing Murder Investigation

Imagine having a human rights organization’s office broken into and the security guard, who has become like family, murdered, brutally, in cold blood and then when you go after the police for their dilatory and incompetent handling of the case, the police retaliate, with a slanderous claim, blaming the grieving victim organization, itself.  All I … More Ugandan Police make Unsavory Accusation While Failing Murder Investigation

Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Reports Examine Atrocity Crimes, Minority Stress, International Law Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released three independent expert reports submitted in conjunction with SMUG’s lawsuit against the U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively charging him with conspiring to persecute the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. In … More Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Pics of Suspects in Ugandan Human Rights Office Murder and Robbery

A Ugandan human rights organization has just released its own CCTV footage of two suspects in the murder and robbery that took place at its headquarters, last night. A security guard was brutally murdered during the break in which occurred at offices of the Ugandan organization, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF).   Apparently organizational … More Pics of Suspects in Ugandan Human Rights Office Murder and Robbery

LGBT Refugees Panic as Kenyan Government Announces Closure of Refugee Camps

The Government of Kenya has announced that it intends to close all refugee camps in the country, and while UNHCR implores Kenya to reverse this decision, we await information as to how they plan to deal with what could be a severe crisis.  LGBT refugees, after seeing the headlines, are now extremely stressed and uncertain … More LGBT Refugees Panic as Kenyan Government Announces Closure of Refugee Camps

Ugandan Pastor Arrested in Museveni Anti-Democratic Clampdown

In a clampdown move by the Museveni dictatorship and in sharp contrast to the democracy the Ugandan ruling administration expects the world to believe, Ugandan Police have shockingly arrested a city pastor on his way to deliver prayer. Pastor Happy Ngabo, Clergy for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) , was arrested this morning while … More Ugandan Pastor Arrested in Museveni Anti-Democratic Clampdown

Ugandan Attorney General Fails to Show up at Court Hearing in Case Impacting LGBT Rights

The Ugandan Constitutional Court has finally allowed argument, for a second time, in a case which has been waiting to be heard for the past 8 years, despite the Defendant’s absence.  Back in July 2015, when the case was previously postponed, the Plaintiff expressed bewilderment at the Court’s perennial lack of a quorum and wondered … More Ugandan Attorney General Fails to Show up at Court Hearing in Case Impacting LGBT Rights

New Ugandan Report on LGBT Persecution

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has launched a report titled, “And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”: Testimonies of Human Rights Abuses from Uganda’s Sexual and Gender Minorities. The report is intended to document the many forms of persecution that LGBT identifying individuals in Uganda face. In this report, based on first-hand testimonies, Sexual Minorities Uganda … More New Ugandan Report on LGBT Persecution

Ugandan Porn King Pastor to Head Ugandan Committee Against Pornography

Uganda has put together what amounts to porn patrol and they are using a potty mouthed pastor, and known homosexuality hate peddler, to pound the pavement, seeking transgressors of a law that has sat idle for a couple of years! According to the Ugandan press the Information & National guidance minister, Gen. Jim Muhwezi, has … More Ugandan Porn King Pastor to Head Ugandan Committee Against Pornography

Rainbow Outhouse Delivered to NC’s Tallest Mountain with a Letter to Anti-Trans Gov. McCrory

“North Carolina’s highest point is an outhouse; a fitting symbol for a state that has sullied itself with shitty, repressive legislation”  – Neal Gottlieb. Today a Californian adventurer and entrepreneur, who is on the current season of the CBS TV show Survivor, delivered a symbolic message and a letter to North Carolina’s Governor McCrory, protesting … More Rainbow Outhouse Delivered to NC’s Tallest Mountain with a Letter to Anti-Trans Gov. McCrory

Ugandan Hate Preacher Given Visa to Speak in the UK

When Uganda passed its Anti-Homosexuality Act back in December 2013, several religious leaders pushed hard for the Ugandan President to assent to the Bill, which came to be known as The Kill the Gays Bill.  Two such religious leaders include a certain married  couple,  Dr. Joseph Serwadda and  Pastor Freda Serwadda,  from the Victory Christian … More Ugandan Hate Preacher Given Visa to Speak in the UK

Ugandan Journalist Arrested and Beaten by Police While Covering News

Several Ugandan journalists were arrested today while attempting to report on events unfolding after the controversial Ugandan presidential elections. The journalists went to the home of Dr. Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest by the Museveni regime, after an election controversy where Besigye is claiming that the elections were rigged. Three journalist were arrested and falsely accused of obstructing the police in their duties. A video has emerged showing the actual arrest of one of the journalists, proving the police account of events to be a blatant lie.

Remmy Bahati, a TV reporter for NBS TV, spoke to us after her arrest. She informed us that she was manhandled, beaten and that a police officer had fondled her while she was in the police van. The NBS TV video, reveals the facts: Bahati was standing outside on the street, with a group of about 30 other people. When she walked into the street with her microphone, followed by TV cameras a police officer asked her to move away. She immediately obliged and moved with her crew to a safe area quite a distance away from the police. As she started her report, she was physically attacked from behind by 3 police officers in riot gear. She was given no warning. She continued to speak into the microphone. “Oh God, I’m being arrested.” The video shows that she was in no way being provocative, obstructive or unruly. The video shows her being hauled away, and that she was manhandled by several officers. It was clear that the purpose was to silent the press report. She was causing no harm nor any danger. … More Ugandan Journalist Arrested and Beaten by Police While Covering News

Ugandan President Museveni Has Signed the Perilous Anti NGO Bill

Warning: Every organization operating in Uganda,  in association with organizations in Uganda, sending funds to Uganda, placing resources in the hands of Ugandans must re evaluate their positions considering the new NGO ACT of 2016 – or alternatively immediately support those who will challenge this law before publication and implementation.  The window of opportunity is … More Ugandan President Museveni Has Signed the Perilous Anti NGO Bill

Ugandan Presidential Candidate Calls Election Fraud and Sham as Dictator Museveni Declares Victory

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year grip on power looks set to continue, as the country’s election commission declared him the winner Saturday, with nearly twice as many votes as his closest competitor, opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Preliminary figures showed the incumbent with 62% compared to 34% for Besigye. Today I am under house arrest. My home is sealed off and I am not allowed to leave. Nobody is allowed to access my home. I am also under some kind of electronic blockade. I am unable to access any form of internet service in my house. … More Ugandan Presidential Candidate Calls Election Fraud and Sham as Dictator Museveni Declares Victory

Ugandan Communications Commission threaten to Arrest Citizens for using Social Media

Yesterday Ugandans went to the polls to vote in a general election for President.  In a robust campaign, where many sought change from the 30 year dictatorial reign of Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan media outlet WBS TV published a message alleging that the Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) is threatening to arrest those people for treason, … More Ugandan Communications Commission threaten to Arrest Citizens for using Social Media

Uganda Passes Repressive Anti NGO Bill

” Organizations involved with LGBT issues and human rights defenders will be especially hard hit as the onerous legislation will impinge upon basic  freedoms, democracy and human rights. Democracy weeps!” Melanie Nathan, Executive Director,  African Human Rights Coalition. By Melanie Nathan, November 26, 2015. We have received a report that the Ugandan Parliament, today,  passed … More Uganda Passes Repressive Anti NGO Bill

BBC Report on Ugandan LGBT Refugees in Kenya Speaks to Regret

While Failing to Note that the Choices are Few to None! By Melanie Nathan, November 09, 2015. Here is a BBC TV report for which I provided consultation.  I have posted the BBC transcript report here.  The TV version with pictures can be seen on the BBC website. The report  while providing crucial exposure, leaves … More BBC Report on Ugandan LGBT Refugees in Kenya Speaks to Regret

Ugandan Trans Activist Brutally Assaulted by Anti-LGBT Mob

  By Melanie Nathan, October 22, 2015. A well known Ugandan transgender activist is in hospital after being beaten by an angry anti-LGBT mob in Uganda, today. Beyonce Karungi, 35, went into hiding after receiving several hate threats. When she emerged, she was attacked by a group of five unknown men, sustaining serious facial and  … More Ugandan Trans Activist Brutally Assaulted by Anti-LGBT Mob

Ugandan Chris Mubiru Sentenced to 10 years in Sodomy Case

By Melanie Nathan, September 17, 2015. Buganda Road Court in Kampala, Uganda, has sentenced the former soccer manager of the team Uganda Cranes, Christopher Mubiru Kisingiri, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of fifty million Ugandan Shillings, approximately $14,000 USD. In the highly controversial case, Mubiru was found guilty of … More Ugandan Chris Mubiru Sentenced to 10 years in Sodomy Case

Ugandan Sports Club Manager Convicted in Sodomy Case

The former Uganda Cranes Manager, Christopher Mubiru Kisingiri has been convicted of sodomy. By Melanie Nathan, September 08, 2015. The Court in Kampala, Uganda,  has convicted  former Uganda Cranes Manager, Christopher Mubiru Kisingiri, of sodomy. Mubiru,  also the former Sports Club Villa manager, could be sentenced up to 18 years in prison. The Magistrate, Flavia … More Ugandan Sports Club Manager Convicted in Sodomy Case

Uganda Pride 2015 The Proud and Brave Revisited

This week has been a coup for Uganda’s LGBTI community, as yet again, despite the anti-gay atmosphere in that country, the LGBT leadership and community pulled together a great week of Ugandan Pride.. Ugandan Pride has since come a long way – despite the odds- with great overseas interest, and participants from around the world in attendance. … More Uganda Pride 2015 The Proud and Brave Revisited