Sunday, 10 March 2013

News Update II

Well, yet another week has passed and still no news on the bill. As we mentioned, the Ugandan Parliament only sits three days a week, so it's likely to be a while yet.

Quick round-up of other stories of interest this week, just so you don't think we've gone to sleep...

On Friday there was a warning amongst the Ugandan LGBT community to stay safe and vigilant, after this incident occurred:

A mother of a 23 year old went to Richmond Medical Centre in Kabalagala taking her son for treatment. She said that he had been sodomised. With her, she had a Bukedde Newspaper with wedding pictures of the two Ugandans, and [a copy of] Red Pepper of 24th Feb which outed some [LGBT people] calling us recruiters.

She has been going around telling people at some clinics she has gone to that we are part of the people responsible for her son's situation...

Watch out and be on the alert. Avoid places where you see people have hate, anger, and talk so negatively about LGBTI persons... Meet in public places, avoid dark corners and going out of the house when you're not sure who has called you. Don't take any threat for a joke...

The threat to the safety of LGBT people in Uganda is still very real.

Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source... Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. 

Hmm... not so quietly that we haven't all now heard about it.

We hope to have something to report tomorrow when Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) challenge Simon Lokodo, State Minister for Ethics & Integrity, over unlawful violation of civil rights.

Watch this space!

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