Ugandan gay activist murdered


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From AFP news agency:

Uganda gay rights activist murdered

KAMPALA — A Ugandan gay rights activist who late last year was pictured and named in a homophobic tabloid has been murdered at his home outside Kampala, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.

David Kato was an activist with Sexual Minorities Uganda, who was pictured and named by the anti-gay tabloid Rolling Stone in a story that called on readers to “hang” gay rights advocates.

“This happened yesterday (Wednesday) at about 13:00,” said lawyer John Francis Onyango, referring to Kato’s killing.

Onyango said initial reports indicate a man entered Kato’s home and struck him on the head before fleeing and that police were focusing on two potential suspects.

Human Rights Watch said in a statment that Kato died on his way to a local hospital.

The New York-based rights group called on Uganda’s police to “urgently and impartially investigate the killing.”

“The government should ensure that members of Uganda’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community have adequate protection from violence and take prompt action against all threats or hate speech likely to incite violence,” HRW further said.

After being identified in the tabloid article, which accused gay rights leaders of “recruiting” Uganda’s youth into homosexuality, Kato and two others successfully sued the paper for damages and secured a high court injuction blocking all media from outing gays.

See also here.

Gay Hero Murdered in Uganda — It’s Time for the U.S. to Act: here.

Rights Groups Demand Impartial Probe Into Ugandan Activist’s Death: here.

Jodi Jacobson, RHRealityCheck: “Human rights advocates and the United States Department of State are calling for an investigation of the murder of a prominent Ugandan human rights advocate. David Kato, the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), fought for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. He was brutally murdered in his home yesterday by an unknown assailant”: here.

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UK preparing to put asylum seeking Ugandan lesbian “in real danger”: here.

5 thoughts on “Ugandan gay activist murdered

  1. Respects paid to gay rights fighter

    UGANDA: Hundreds of people attended services on Friday for prominent gay rights activist David Kato, who was bludgeoned to death last week at his home in Kampala.

    Mr Kato, who had been threatened multiple times, was found on Wednesday with serious wounds to his head caused by an attack with a hammer. He died on the way to hospital.

    Ugandan authorities say his sexual orientation had nothing to do with his death but gay rights campaigners at the funeral insisted that the killing was linked to his activism.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/100451

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