Tag Archive | Uganda

Netherlands: Criminal network helping Ugandan asylum seekers fake being LGBT

Netherlands: Criminal network helping Ugandan asylum seekers fake being LGBT

The Dutch government has said it will reassess the cases of dozens of Ugandans granted asylum, after it uncovered a criminal network that helped would-be refugees from the country fake their sexual orientation. The Netherlands started accepting asylum claims from LGBT+ Ugandans in 2014, when the African country briefly introduced the death penalty for [homosexuality] […]

Uganda: Officials summoned for torture of LGBT+ youth

Uganda: Officials summoned for torture of LGBT+ youth

A town mayor and senior prison official in Uganda have been summoned to appear before a criminal court over allegations of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment against a group of LGBT+ youth[s], the victims’ lawyers said on Friday. The court’s move is seen as a positive step for sexual minorities in the east African nation, […]

Uganda: Court orders release of LGBT+ after coronavirus charges dropped

Uganda: Court orders release of LGBT+ after coronavirus charges dropped

A Ugandan court on Monday ordered the release of 19 LGBT+ people, jailed for almost 50 days for risking spreading the new coronavirus, after public prosecutors withdrew the charges. The 13 gay men, two bisexual men, and four transgender women, were arrested on March 29, when police raided an LGBT+ shelter on the outskirts of Kampala. […]

Uganda: Court allows lawyers to see LGBT+ jailed over coronavirus

Uganda: Court allows lawyers to see LGBT+ jailed over coronavirus

A Ugandan court on Wednesday granted lawyers access to 19 LGBT+ people, detained for more than six weeks with no legal help, after they were charged with risking the spread of the coronavirus. The 13 gay men, two bisexual men and four transgender women, were arrested on March 29, when police raided an LGBT+ shelter […]

Uganda: 20 LGBT+ charged with risking spread of coronavirus

Uganda: 20 LGBT+ charged with risking spread of coronavirus

Ugandan police charged 20 LGBT+ people with disobeying rules on social distancing, and risking the spread of coronavirus, on Tuesday, drawing criticism from campaigners who said they were using the restrictions to target sexual minorities. Homosexuality carries a possible life sentence in Uganda, one of the most difficult countries in Africa to be a sexual […]

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 […]