Authorities Shut Down Gay Rights Conference in Uganda

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On February 14, a conference of LGBT human rights activists, organized by Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), was declared illegal by Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo. Lokodo reportedly accompanied police to the hotel where the conference was hosted in Entebbe, Uganda and ordered officers to evacuate the hotel, causing activists in attendance to flee. Early reports of the raid speculated that Kasha Jacqueline Nabagasera, one of the conference organizers, was arrested. Later reports confirmed that all conference attendees and organizers safely departed the conference grounds.

Statement from Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

The hits never stop. Uganda continues to characterize itself as a country in which government officials act in flagrant violation of the rule of law for their own personal and political purposes. The attempts by conservative political and religious leaders—both Ugandan and American—have failed to silence the likes of Kasha Jacqueline Nabagasera and Frank Mugisha. So the homophobes resort to state thuggery. Enough already.

[IGLHRC]

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