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
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
In August Uganda Pride was postponed after a brutal police raid shut down a pre-Pride beauty pageant. The Ugandan LGBT community attempted to hold its Pride celebration today, but was raided and shut down by Police, with reports, again, of many arrested. One well known LGBTI activist managed to avoid arrest by refusing to leave … More Police Raid Uganda Pride
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
By Melanie Nathan Following the violent raid by Ugandan police, which resulted in the detention of 16 people, with beatings and sexual fondling by police at a gathering of Ugandans, who were peacefully celebrating a beauty pageant at Club Venom in Kampala, the Government of Uganda has issued the following statement on its media website, … More Government of Uganda Wages War on Pride
Following the brutal and unconstitutional police raid on a pre- Uganda Pride event this week, the Uganda Pride Committee has issued a statement postponing the event. Uganda Pride Committee Statement: Dear community members, friends, partners/allies. We wish to thank you for the support in any kind you offered us and each other during yesterday’s police … More Uganda Pride Postponed Due to Threats from Government Minister Lokodo
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
Watoto Church in Uganda, and its missionary founders, Gary Skinner and wife, have not been immune to scandal, despite the seemingly angelic nature of their work. Sometimes those who do ‘evil’ in the world hide behind the veneer of deeds in the name of Christianity. Some have called Watato Church a money making, land stealing … More Watoto Church Uganda Accused of International Kidney Transplant Racket in India
LGBT persecution in many African countries is severe, including Uganda. There persecution is openly practiced with impunity. Violence against the LGBT community is not unusual. It is institutionalized, and people have had to navigate years and years of their government threatening to enact the death penalty against them. Many have gone into hiding or exile. … More Moving Condolensces from Uganda to Orlando
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
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt and Uganda blocking full and fair participation The United Nations is scheduled to host a global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic, yet several countries want to exclude groups that represent LGBTI people or drug users. From 8 to 10 June 2016, world leaders, government representatives, HIV program implementers … More Shocking Exclusion by United Nations of LGBT Groups at High Level AIDS Meeting
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
The rifts over homosexuality blew wide open in church in 2003 when the Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, consecrated the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire.
It is this decision that the conservative church leaders including Ntagali have been fighting. … More Anglican Communion Restricts US Church over Gay Marriage and Ugandan Archbishop Runs Away
After much courage and hardship we welcome Andrew Ssebulime, a young hero, to America. An extraordinary journey by a resilient young man. Now our hope is that the Miami community will embrace Andrew and make him feel welcome! By Melanie Nathan, November, 25, 2015. A journalist, who fled Uganda in fear of his life, has … More Ugandan Journalist Refugee Arrives in Miami After Speaking Against the Anti Gay Legislation
” 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
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
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
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Accusations of Homosexuality causes Mob Justice, Violence at School and Police Closure By Melanie Nathan, August 06, 2015. A near riot occurred at a reputable all boys school in Uganda, with conflicting reports as to the reason behind the violence, which caused police and administrators to send the students home, closing the school early before … More Teacher Denies Riot at Ntare School was due to Homosexuality
By Melanie Nathan, July 29, 2015. The Ugandan media has named the issue of homosexuality as a reason President Obama may have snubbed Uganda by not visiting that country while on his recent trip to Africa. The President visited only two countries; Ethiopia and Kenya. I think that President Obama did not overlook Uganda. I … More Did President Obama Snub Uganda because of its Anti-Homosexuality Stance?
By Melanie Nathan, July 23, 2015. A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. The report refers to 89 verified documented violations in 2014 in Uganda. That was the year the Anti-Homosexuality Act … More Consortium Reports Violations against LGBT People in Uganda Implicating Police
Calls into Question Whether UNHCR is able to adequately protect LGBT Refugees By Melanie Nathan, July 9, 2015 This morning, four young Ugandan urban refugees were eating breakfast in the privacy of their rental premises in Kenya, when a mob entered the gate and started banging on their door and window screaming anti-gay slurs. After … More Kenyan Police detain Ugandan Refugees Victims of Anti-Gay Mob Attack