Recounting (Again) The Role of American Religious Activists in Uganda
Post by Sarah Posner
Human Rights First, which last year gave its annual award to human rights
advocate Julius Kaggwa for his work on behalf of sexual minorities, has
issued a statement on the horrific murder of gay rights advocate David Kato.
From its statement:
"The police must carry out a thorough investigation into this attack,
including into the motives behind the actions of the perpetrator. We are
concerned by reports that the police may have hastily qualified the attack
as aggravated robbery. We call on Ugandan President Museveni to send an
unequivocal signal to Ugandans and to the world, condemning and demanding an
impartial investigation into the murder, and taking steps to ensure the
security of LGBTI activists and individuals," said Paul LeGendre, HRFs
Fighting Discrimination Program Director.
David Kato worked as an advocate and litigation officer for Sexual
Minorities Uganda (SMUG). In October 2010, the Rolling Stone, a self-made
magazine, included Kato's name in the list of prominent gay rights activists
and their contact details, with a banner over the photos calling to Hang
Them. A notable supporter of this initiative was David Bahati, the
Ugandan parliamentarian who achieved international notoriety for introducing
the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, a bill that sought to introduce the
death penalty for certain same-sex consensual acts. Commenting on
the Rolling Stone article, Mr. Bahati said that the campaign would have
been very helpful to law enforcement of these people; it would have been a
great source for law enforcement.
David Kato was one of three litigants to initiate a court challenge
to Rolling Stone and on January 3 of this year, the High Court of Uganda
ruled that the newspaper had violated the plaintiffs constitutional rights
to dignity and privacy and issued a permanent injunction.
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