Sunday, 2 June 2013

International Criminal Court Appeal

The International Criminal Court has recieved a formal complaint calling for the arrest of the author of Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' bill. 

Our hero of the week:

[Magembe] Norman has submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) requesting the immediate arrests of Uganda MP David Bahati, pastor Martin Ssempa and Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhamel for their roles in persecuting the LGBT community in Uganda.

Norman said he’s received death threats from fellow Ugandans who see him as someone who betrayed the country. He also said his father has accused him of disgracing the family and has since kicked him out of his home...

‘I am neither a gay, high profile, an influential or powerful person and so people may ask "who am I to file such a high profile complaint"?

‘But please don’t look at my personality but do your work professionally to ensure that the culture of homophobia is destroyed in Uganda. As you read my complaint now, there is a gay person being tortured and why should we allow such attacks to happen when you can do something to stop them?’

Stay safe Norman. That was an incredibly brave thing that you have done in the name of human rights.

Come on ICC - your turn.

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