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Africa

  • 2nd March 2011

    Mozambicans seek constitutional amendment to enshrine gay rights 17

    Mozambicans are hoping to remove the ambiguous "vices against nature" from the country's law books

    10:48 AM — Justice Minister tells UN Human Rights Council homosexuality is not illegal in the east African country, but fears subsist about unclear penal code.

  • 23rd February 2011

    Tory MEP says EU funds for Africa should depend on gay rights progress 30

    Charles Tannock criticised anti-gay bigotry

    11:52 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that EU financial aid to African countries should depend on their commitment to gay and human rights. Dr Charles Tannock, the foreign affairs and human rights spokesman for the Tories in Europe, said he raised the issue in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.

  • 21st February 2011

    Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9

    Uganda does not allow homosexuality

    11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.

  • 18th February 2011

    WikiLeaks cables reveal Ugandan homophobia 7

    David Kato was mocked at a meeting, one cable said. (Photo: Jocelyn Edwards)

    4:41 PM — Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show the extent of Ugandan homophobia. American embassy cables describe a 2009 UN-sponsored meeting which gay rights campaigner David Kato spoke at.

  • 15th February 2011

    Video: Scott Mills experiences ‘bizarre’ Ugandan gay cure ritual 22

    Scott Mills went to Uganda

    3:18 PM — Gay Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has described a "bizarre" ritual in which he was battered with chickens to turn him straight. The presenter travelled to Uganda for a BBC3 show about the country's attitudes to homosexuality.

  • 11th February 2011

    Botswana MP says he hates gays and lesbians 42

    Homosexuality is illegal in Botswana

    3:59 PM — A Botswana politician says he agrees with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's views on homosexuality. Pono Moatlhodi, who is the deputy speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, told a January meeting on HIV prevention that he would "never tolerate" gays and lesbians.

  • Scott Mills: ‘Gay hatred is everywhere in Uganda’ 68

    Scott Mills travels to Uganda to find out about attitudes to homosexuality

    11:29 AM — The situation for gay people in Uganda was far worse than he expected, Scott Mills says. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk about an upcoming documentary, the gay Radio 1 presenter told how he feared for his own safety in the country.

  • 10th February 2011

    TV preview: Scott Mills explores homophobia in Uganda 56

    Scott Mills travels to Uganda to find out about attitudes to homosexuality

    5:32 PM — In a BBC Three programme to be broadcast next week, gay Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills travels to Uganda to find out about life for gay citizens.

  • 9th February 2011

    Ugandan asylum seeker wins case review 9

    BN was won a review of her case

    11:19 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker has won the right to stay in the UK until her case is reviewed. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if sent home because gay people are persecuted in Uganda.

  • 4th February 2011

    Ugandan police say David Kato was killed over sex payment 34

    David Kato was killed last week

    10:47 AM — Ugandan police have claimed that gay rights campaigner David Kato was killed by a man he had arranged to pay for sex. Mr Kato, who was recently outed by a newspaper, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home last week.

  • 3rd February 2011

    Fresh appeal for lesbian asylum seeker 12

    A fresh appeal will be heard

    2:18 PM — A fresh appeal will be held for Ugandan asylum seeker Brenda Namigadde next week. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if deported from the UK to her home country.

  • 2nd February 2011

    Reports say man confessed to Ugandan gay activist murder 7

    David Kato was killed last week

    5:39 PM — A man has reportedly confessed to killing Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato. The campaigner was killed in his home last week and local police said today that a man had admitted to killing him in a "personal disagreement".

  • 28th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22

    The campaigner Peter Tatchell and other activists at an earlier protest

    11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.

  • Gay campaigners hope for reprieve for Ugandan asylum seeker 14

    Campaigners at an earlier protest (Photo: Brett Lock)

    5:49 PM — Gay rights campaigners are hoping that a lesbian Ugandan woman will be spared deportation from the UK this evening. Brenda Namigadde is to be placed on a plane at 9.20pm after the UK Border Agency decided that she had no right to remain in the UK, as there was not enough evidence to show she is gay.

  • David Kato buried as pastor condemns homosexuality 22

    David Kato was buried today

    4:55 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was buried today but scuffles broke out at his funeral as the pastor urged gays to repent. Mr Kato, who was murdered in his home on Wednesday, was laid to rest in his village near Kampala.

  • 27th January 2011

    Tributes to ‘brave’ gay rights campaigner David Kato 12

    Friends and supporters paid tribute to David Kato (

    6:08 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was brave, inspiring and stubborn, his friends and supporters say. The primary school teacher joined the fight for equal rights in Uganda in 1998, when he returned to Africa after the end of apartheid.

  • Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79

    David Kato's name, photo and address were published in Rolling Stone

    10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.

  • 12th January 2011

    Ghanaian reggae star calls homosexuality a ‘disorder’ 141

    Blakk Rasta said people should "empathise" with the "disorder" of homosexuality

    4:30 PM — A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a "disorder" in an interview. Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: "It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion."

  • 11th January 2011

    Ugandan opposition leader says he won’t prosecute gays 6

    Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda

    4:38 PM — The Ugandan opposition leader has reportedly suggested that homosexuality should be decriminalised. Kizza Besigye, who leads a four-party opposition group, is to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in a vote next month.

  • 4th January 2011

    Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians 10

    Rolling Stone called for gays and lesbians to be hanged.

    9:53 AM — A high court judge in Uganda has banned all media from outing gays and lesbians. Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke said lives were being put at risk by newspapers identifying people known or thought to be gay.

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