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One Battle Down: Uganda’s Gays Now Free To Meet

23 Jun

The government of Uganda has released a statement stating that “No government official is (supposed) to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others.”

The statement, signed by the Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo, is the first ever from the Ugandan government recognizing any rights of gays and lesbians in the country where so many people live in fear of being outed and attacked or even murdered on account of their sexuality.

Ironically, Lokodo has been the target of LGBT activists in the country who have criticized his particularly strong “anti-gay” stance. He is currently the subject of a court case brought by lawyers and activists who claim that he violated the rights of Ugandans to assemble when he had the Ugandan police disrupt a meeting of LGBT in February.

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5 Comments

Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Politik

 

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5 responses to “One Battle Down: Uganda’s Gays Now Free To Meet

  1. pinkagendist

    June 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    He should be prosecuted for inciting hatred against his fellow Ugandan citizens.

     
    • dystopiconvert

      June 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      He should be prosecuted also for the ridiculous interviews he’s been giving of late.

       
  2. Novia Olam

    June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I second that Dystopiconvert. I really wonder what will happen now because he only said that to look good in the international community while on the ground it’s a totally different story.

     
    • dystopiconvert

      June 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Exactly. The government previously said they would revoke the operating permits of several pro-LGBT NGOs in the country. It will be interesting to see if they go through with it after this statement..

       

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