Saturday, 19 October 2013

Grieving Activist Arrested

Mleuben Maccarthy
News has broken that:

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday (18 October).

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

Maccarthy’s partner, Wolter Swaagman, who is based in the Netherlands, sent money to the Western Union Bank in Uganda to pay for the funeral.

But when he went to collect it in the afternoon, he was arrested by the police.

Utterly shameful behaviour by a police force known for its brutality towards activists.

Maccarthy is the Director of LGBTI rights group St. Pauls Voice Centre, and part of the Gay on Move group who are campaigning for his release.

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