Tag Archive | Uganda

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Despite a presidential campaign marked by homophobic rhetoric, LGBT+ Ugandans turned out to vote on Thursday, with many hoping for change, and finding unexpected camaraderie. In the capital, Kampala, a ballot officer asked 30-year-old transgender lawyer, Noah, whether he was male or female when he handed over his identity documents, but fellow voters spoke out […]

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

The United Nations has called for LGBT+ Ugandans to be treated with respect and dignity, following homophobic remarks by some politicians, including the president, ahead of Thursday’s polls. Sexual minorities face widespread persecution in Uganda, where [homosexuality] is punishable by life imprisonment, and LGBT+ rights groups fear politicians exploiting anti-gay sentiment to win votes could […]

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Homophobic comments by Uganda’s president and other politicians are making some LGBT+ Ugandans too scared to vote, in elections scheduled for January 14, gay rights campaigners have said. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the east African nation, where gay sex is punishable by life imprisonment, and gay activists fear that politicians exploiting homophobic sentiment […]

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 […]