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Ugandan court frees dozens of gay men on bail

Ugandan court frees dozens of gay men on bail

(Reuters) – A court in Uganda granted bail on Friday to 39 people, most of them gay men, held for days after what police said was a raid on a same-sex wedding that violated coronavirus rules, but which a rights group described as a round-up at an LGBT shelter. Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of rights […]

Uganda: Sex violence law targets LGBT+, HIV-positive

Uganda: Sex violence law targets LGBT+, HIV-positive

A new Ugandan law that seeks to better protect victims of sexual violence has been criticised by rights campaigners, who say it discriminates against vulnerable groups, including LGBT+ people, sex workers, and those living with HIV. The Sexual Offences Bill has drawn praise for provisions, such as protecting victims during trials, and outlawing sexual harassment, […]

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 […]