Tag Archive | Uganda

Uganda: 67 charged after raid on gay bar

Uganda: 67 charged after raid on gay bar

A Ugandan court charged 67 people with causing a nuisance on Tuesday after they were arrested in a gay-friendly bar, in a move condemned by activists as the latest “homophobic” attack. The 67 – who were among 127 arrested at Ram Bar, in the capital, Kampala, on Sunday – could face up to one year […]

Uganda: Moves to allay fears over anti-gay law

Uganda: Moves to allay fears over anti-gay law

Uganda has sought to reassure sexual minorities that they are safe, saying it has no plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex after reports of rising homophobic attacks. In a statement on Thursday, President Yoweri Museveni’s office denied that, and said attacks on LGBT+ people should be reported to police for investigation so […]

Uganda charges 16 LGBT+ activists

Uganda charges 16 LGBT+ activists

Uganda said on Thursday it had charged 16 LGBT+ activists with the crime of gay sex – punishable by life in jail – in what campaigners called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities in the east African nation. The 16 men, believed to be aged from 22 to 35, were taken into custody late on […]

International donors ‘stand with’ LGBT+ Ugandans

International donors ‘stand with’ LGBT+ Ugandans

Major donors of aid to Uganda including the United States and the European Union said on Friday they were closely examining a plan by the east African nation to introduce the death penalty for gay sex. Seven months after Brunei sparked international outcry over plans to impose the death penalty for gay sex, Uganda on […]

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Ten men arrested on suspicion of being gay in Zanzibar were released on bail on Thursday, said a senior police official, and their lawyer, adding that the incident was still being investigated, and the men could be charged in the future. The men were arrested late on Saturday, when police raided a party at a […]

Uganda: Restrictive NGO Bill Passed

Uganda: Restrictive NGO Bill Passed

On the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in Uganda, Ugandan MPs passed a controversial bill on Thursday last, handing the authorities sweeping powers to supervise, approve, inspect and dissolve NGOs in a move which could see rights activists jailed for documenting abuses.Rights groups say the move is likely to “strangle” criticism of the government, according […]

Uganda: Gay Pride Rally Held Near Capital Kampala

Uganda: Gay Pride Rally Held Near Capital Kampala

A gay Pride rally has been held just outside the capital city of Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday last, after a week of celebrations by the LGBT community, marking one year since anti-gay legislation was overturned in the country. Saturday 8th August was Pride Day for the Ugandan LGBT community, and featured the Pride Parade, followed […]