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Uganda stops refugee group's activities for being a threat to anti-gay law

Activists have suggested Uganda's government is using the homophobic law as a political weapon against its enemies

Uganda stops refugee group's activities for being a threat to anti-gay law

The Ugandan government has restricted the activities of a group accused of ‘promoting homosexuality, a crime under the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The Refugee Law Project (RLP), whose office hosts the coalition of activists opposing the anti-LGBTI law, has been under investigation since mid-March.

Frank Mugisha, a Uganda LGBTI activist, has said the RLP’s activities have now been ‘halted due to their pro-gay support.’

On Wednesday, RLP confirmed it had received letters from the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and other government officials ordering it to suspend some of its activities.

This was on the alleged claim that the group was ‘promoting homosexuality’.

The letters said the ‘suspensions follow the passing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on 24 February 2014.’

In 2012, Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo threatened to ban NGOs that campaign for the human rights of gays and lesbians.

In April, Ugandan police raised an American-funded HIV clinic in Kampala on the basis it was ‘recruiting’ gay people.

Activists have said government officials are using this law, which is wide-ranging and vague in what it considers to be a crime, as a political weapon.

Chris Dolan, director of the RLP, told Buzzfeed: ‘It’s almost as if [Lokodo] sees the [Anti-Homosexuality] Act as providing him as special powers.’


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