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Uganda

  • 7th February 2012

    Ugandan gay death penalty bill back in parliament 31

    The bill was reintroduced in Kampala today (Photo: Flickr user paulscott56)

    4:18 PM — An infamous gay death penalty bill has been reintroduced to the Ugandan parliament today.

  • 29th January 2012

    Archbishop of York compares David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage 335

    Dr John Sentamu is well known for his views on homosexuality

    11:47 AM — In a forthright interview with the Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has compared prime minister David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage.

  • 23rd January 2012

    Ex-South African president: Ugandan anti-gay bill makes no sense 23

    Mbeki said Uganda should not intervene in private matters

    4:53 PM — The former president of South Africa, Thabo MBeki, has criticised Uganda's infamous anti-gay bill, saying it does not "make sense" to intervene in people's private lives.

  • 1st September 2011

    Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22

    Many Commonwealth countries ban homosexuality

    4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.

  • 19th August 2011

    Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

  • 17th August 2011

    Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been denied a UK visa

    1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.

  • 16th August 2011

    Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.

  • 9th August 2011

    ‘Obviously gay’ Ugandan asylum seeker faces deportation 15

    A past protest over homophobia in Uganda

    4:33 PM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who supporters say is "obviously gay" is due to be deported on Wednesday. Robert Segwanyi, 33, says he was tortured and jailed in Uganda for being gay but an immigration judge ruled there was no evidence that he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder – in contrast to a psychiatrist’s report.

  • 1st August 2011

    Ugandan gay rights group has computers, member list stolen 13

    The group has accused police of failing to investigate

    1:40 PM — A Ugandan gay rights group is urging police to fully investigate a burglary at its offices. Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), which has offices in Kampala, was broken into on Saturday night.

  • York Pride remembers murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner 12

    Gay rights campaigner David Kato was killed in January

    1:28 PM — York Pride has remembered murdered Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato, who studied in the city. Mr Kato, who was found dead at his home in Uganda in January, had studied at York University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights in 2009 and 2010. On Saturday, marchers at York Pride in Rowntree Park released coloured balloons […]

  • 9th June 2011

    Interview: Branded a liar by UK authorities, the Ugandan lesbian outed in a national newspaper 22

    A protest against Ugandan homophobia (Photo: Brett Lock)

    4:42 PM — Ugandan lesbian Betty Tibakawa has been branded three times. Twice, physically with a flat iron full of hot charcoal, in a brutal homophobic assault in Uganda which left her with permanent scars on her inner thighs. The third occasion took place here in the UK, where she has now been branded again, as a liar.

  • 2nd June 2011

    Ugandan woman branded with iron for being a lesbian faces deportation from UK 87

    Uganda is one of the most dangerous places in the world for LGBT people

    11:43 AM — A 22-year-old Ugandan woman who was subjected to being branded with a hot iron in her home country as a punishment for being a lesbian, may be deported from the UK.

  • 31st May 2011

    South African ambassador to Uganda found guilty of gay-hate speech 15

    Jon Qwelane was found guilty of promoting hate in his newspaper column (above)

    11:29 AM — The South African Human Rights Commission has won a hate speech case against journalist Jon Qwelane over an anti-gay column he wrote prior to his appointment as the country’s ambassador to Uganda.

  • 19th May 2011

    Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11

    Reports say Uganda's parliament will return to the anti-gay bill

    12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.

  • 13th May 2011

    Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50

    The bill would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against homosexuality (Photo: Brett Lock)

    3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.

  • US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 11th May 2011

    Updated: Confusion over Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 23

    The status of the bill is unclear

    4:48 PM — Update: 17.30 GMT. Associated Press reports that officials have indicated that the bill will now be debated on Friday in an extra session.

  • 10th May 2011

    Anti-gay pastor rejects Ugandan death penalty for gays 76

    Pastor Martin Ssempa said he did not agree with the death penalty for homosexuality

    1:46 PM — Anti-gay pastor Martin Ssempa has told a Ugandan parliamentary committee that he does not agree with the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The preacher told the committee that he supports other measures for punishing homosexuality because it is "killing" society.

  • 9th May 2011

    Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.

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