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June 18, 2014

A group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists will be allowed to attend the WorldPride 2014 human rights conference after their applications were initially refused by immigration officials who feared they would seek asylum

Canadian immigration officials have granted visas to half of a group of ten Ugandan gay rights activists seeking to attend the 2014 WorldPride Human Rights Conference in Toronto – reversing an earlier decision to refuse their applications.

Conference organizers are still hopeful that the remaining five activists will also be granted visas in time for the conference which is being held next Wednesday and Thursday.

June 5, 2014

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

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.’

May 26, 2014

Canadian immigration officials have rejected the visa applications of a group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI rights activists out of fear they will try to seek asylum once they are in the country for WorldPride 2014

Canadian immigration officials fear a group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists want to travel to Toronto to participate in WorldPride 2014 in order to claim asylum and so are denying them entry.

The reasons given for denying them entry visas include a lack of travel histories, being unable to prove they had the money to maintain themselves in Canada, and family ties in Canada and Uganda.

Officials told eight of the activists that they did not believe they had a legitimate business purpose in Canada.

March 14, 2014

Uganda warns cutting health budget will mean they cannot buy HIV kits and antiretroviral drugs, medicine that half a million Ugandans rely on

The United States has suspended some of its reported $400 million in aid to Uganda.

This is the first move after President Barack Obama warned passing the law would ‘complicate’ the African country’s relationship with the US.

A senior US government official told Reuters that a portion of the US Centre for Disease Control’s agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health had been put on hold.

Uganda now says it can no longer afford to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits, medicine that some members of the Ugandan LGBTI community relies on.

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

February 27, 2014

After several countries have said it could cut aid to Uganda, a government spokesman has shrugged off the threats

Uganda has told the West to ‘keep its aid’ after international criticism of its new anti-gay law.

Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesman, has shrugged off cuts to Uganda. The Netherlands has frozen a €7 million ($9.5m) subsidy to the legal system, while Denmark and Norway will redirect  €6 million ($8.2m) towards NGOs and human rights groups.

President Barack Obama has threatened the new anti-gay law will ‘complicate’ Uganda’s relationship with the US, which benefits from a reported $400 million (€293m) in aid.

February 26, 2014

As Netherlands, Norway and Denmark announce aid changes, gay activists have responded to the worldwide call to cut aid to the African country

Uganda gay activists have warned the worldwide call for aid to be cut will make the fight-back against the new law harder.

Several advocates for LGBTI equality fear politicians will directly blame gay people if aid is cut and increase hatred against them.

After Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law on Monday (24 February), the Netherlands has announced it has frozen aid while Denmark and Norway is redirecting its assistance so it directly helps non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

February 26, 2014

As Netherlands, Norway and Denmark announce aid changes, gay activists have responded to the worldwide call to cut aid to the African country

Uganda gay activists have warned the worldwide call for aid to be cut will make the fight-back against the new law harder.

Several advocates for LGBTI equality fear politicians will directly blame gay people if aid is cut and increase hatred against them.

After Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay bill into law on Monday (24 February), the Netherlands has announced it has frozen aid while Denmark and Norway is redirecting its assistance so it directly helps non-governmental organizations and human rights groups.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

January 26, 2014

Ugandan LGBT activist Edwin Sesange celebrates the life of David Kato three years after his death and calls on President Museveni to recognise the country’s liberation is not complete until gay people also have their freedom

Today, 26 January, President Museveni of Uganda officiates the celebrations to mark the Liberation of Uganda and his 28th year in power. At the same time the Ugandan LGBTI community will be remembering the brutal murder of David Kato, one of the greatest LGBTI rights activists.

Having witnessed the struggle to liberate Uganda by President Museveni and also spending a spell in the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, David Kato made a brave choice of going back to Uganda in 1998 to liberate the LGBTI people.

January 1, 2014

Only President Yoweri Museveni stands in the way of draconian anti-LGBTI bill becoming law. He appears to want to win domestic support without alienating international opinion

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni wants to emerge as a domestic hero and appease angry foreign governments in the battle over the country’s new anti-gay legislation.

Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in a shock move on 20 December – now all it needs is Museveni’s signature to become law.

While the death penalty has been dropped in what was previously dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’, it punishes ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with life in prison.

December 25, 2013

SMUG is defiant in the face of parliament pushing through act giving life in prison to ‘repeat’ gays. Calls on president not to sign and make it law

Leading LGBTI rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has pledged to fight to the end to stop the anti-gay law passed by the country’s parliament.

The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday (20 December) took LGBTI activists and governments around the world by surprise. It appears it may even have been a shock to Uganda’s own government.

December 23, 2013

The US government has reiterated its respect of Uganda’s sovereignty but opposition to the controversial law punishing homosexuality with life in prison

The Obama administration has released an official statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said to Gay Star News LGBTI people in Uganda ‘believe there is going to be a hunt’.

December 23, 2013

The US government has reiterated its respect of Uganda’s sovereignty but opposition to the controversial law punishing homosexuality with life in prison

The Obama administration has released an official statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said to Gay Star News LGBTI people in Uganda ‘believe there is going to be a hunt’.

December 20, 2013

Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now passed by parliament. LGBTI people 'afraid for their lives'. Hunt feared. President could sign it into law as early as tomorrow. Death penalty dropped but life in prison remains for homosexuality

Uganda’s parliament has passed the dreaded anti-gay bill today (20 December), leading LGBTI people to fear a 'hunt'.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put forward a motion for second reading today and the bill passed.

Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

December 20, 2013

UK and US governments, as well as charities across the world, have reacted to Uganda's parliament passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The world has reacted to Uganda LGBTI activists plea for support after parliament has passed an anti-gay bill.

Passed by politicians today (20 December), the bill will be one of the most broadest and most vitriolic laws in the world to criminalize homosexuality.

Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

October 15, 2013

Ugandan ethics minister Simon Lokodo says homosexuality is ‘bestiality’ in African culture

A Catholic ex-priest who is now Uganda’s ethics minister has pledged to shut down NGOs who ‘promote’ LGBT equality.

Father Simon Lokodo made his comments in an interview with Ugandan publication The Independent.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

August 30, 2013

Unconfirmed rumors suggest a phone call from a 'frightened bisexual woman' was an entrapment ploy to attack a powerful gay rights opponent

A Uganda lesbian is in a coma after she was attacked by a mob.

Jennifer Ikanza, 25, had received a phone call from a woman in trouble from a neighboring village near Jinja.

The woman said she feared her husband would discover she was bisexual and would be killed if he found out.

After she said she desperately needed someone to talk to, Ikanza rushed to her aid.

On the way there, Ikanza was attacked by a mob.

March 20, 2013

International LGBT campaigner Maurice Tomlinson says President Yoweri Museveni’s new statement is a positive sign and we need a new approach to supporting rights in Uganda

March 20, 2013

International LGBT campaigner Maurice Tomlinson says President Yoweri Museveni’s new statement is a positive sign and we need a new approach to supporting rights in Uganda