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Uganda: Petition and court case urge arrest of three for persecution of gay people

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  1. Why does article need to mention that Megembe Norman is straight?

    I feel it lowers the journalistic value of the article as the intention is to achieve equality irrespective of sexual identity and there’s no need to line up straight people who agree with basic human rights in an attempt to strengthen a belief.

    Grrrrr. . .

    1. I don’t care what his sexuality is, if he is doing the right thing. In the climate in Uganda it could be seen as brave and courageous, lets hope more people of his like courage step forward to back up his case and come forward as witnesses to these vile acts of incitement to mass murder.

      1. That is exactly the point I’m making.

    2. Common sense 1 Oct 2013, 9:29pm

      You do realise that a gay person raising this sort of petition would be arrested and the petition shut down and that there will be elements within Uganda trying to say he is gay just to delegitimise what he says.

      If course in the liberal UK this dies not matter but in the Uganda of 2913 it really does, sadly

    3. A straight person doing this is exceptionally important because it means that

      1. some straight people actually GET IT
      2. some straight people actually CARE
      3. the situation in Uganda must be improving if a STRAIGHT man is willing to file a LAWSUIT against people on behalf of the LGBT community

      Quite frankly this has filled me with hope for the LGBT community in Uganda. It’s a sign of real progress, compassion, and change. `

  2. How brave. It takes heroic people of conscience to bring about change. Good luck to him.

  3. Colin (London) 1 Oct 2013, 5:12pm

    What a good man. Please stay safe but thank you for doing this. Signed Petition.

    You are an inspiration.

  4. This goes to the heart of why human rights conventions were created and human rights violations can have serious consequences.
    Literally vilification of a defined group and “propaganda” (used in its real sense) lies and false image being projected, against that community to harm them and raise mob animosity base on that lie.
    Exactly how the fascists of all hues divide and rule by stirring up mob hatred of any minority community, or the “other”, all that’s required is a “believed” prejudice and to fan the flames of hate, which when not stopped leads to mass genocide and mob murder, whether in Jamaica, Russia, Ruanda, Ghana, or Uganda.
    Whether now or 80 years ago.
    This goes to the very core of crimes against Humanity. Do we stop it before it plays out to its conclusion?
    Do we arrest and lock up the instigators and perpetrators of mass hysteria before it becomes a pogrom with mass persecution and death.
    Time to step forward and act. !!

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Oct 2013, 6:17pm

    Martin Ssempa is one of the vilest people on the planet. I hope Mr. Norman is successful in his attempt to prosecute them.

    1. The bigger the homophobe, the bigger the closet case.

  6. Mr. Norman on behalf of LGBT folk from Uganda to England I say THANK YOU!

    For not only standing up for the LGBT minority in Uganda but putting your own safety and security at risk in order to do so. As a straight man he could go his whole life without lifting a finger and nobody could blame him but he’s saying NO! Wonderful. Inspired and filled with hope for Uganda this evening.

  7. Mr Norman should be nominated for a Nobel prize – what a thoroughly decent fellow. We should all support his challenge to the forces of darkness, bigotry and stupidity who rule Uganda.

  8. His homophobic views are just as bad as the views of people that think black Africans are backwards!
    Although some people are homophobic, others are backwards!

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