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April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 9, 2014

Government believes gay people will be unable to provide proof the law contravenes the right to equality and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment guaranteed under the constitution

Uganda’s government is battling to stop a legal challenge that could threaten the new anti-gay law.

A number of gay rights activists and politicians believe the Anti-Homosexuality Act contravenes the Constitution and deserves to be repealed.

But the government has denied the activists’ claims and want the Constitutional Court to throw out the case.

‘When the rant of gay activists is done, the world will move on,’ a government spokesman Ofwondo Opondo has said.

‘Those opposed to anti-gay bill should read article 91 Uganda constitution.’

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 24, 2014

‘No gays everywhere’ shouted a religious leader as he marched supporters through the streets

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law.

Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality.

In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

March 17, 2014

Ugandans plan to march in support of their draconian laws criminalizing same-sex relationships next week in the face of Western donors looking to redirect aid away from the government to civil society groups

Ugandans have planned a march through the capital next Monday to show their support for the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would see repeat offenders and gay people with HIV jailed for life.

The march is being organized by Pastor Martin Ssempa who notoriously toured Uganda and screened extreme gay porn to crowds to drum up support for the bill and found viral internet fame for his claim that it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo.’

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 13, 2014

With the world still reeling from the new draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act, the legal battle to scrap it has already started

Our fight back against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act has started in earnest – in the courts.

The anti-gay law, signed less than a month ago, violates the constitution of Uganda and other international laws. President Yoweri Museveni knows this but assented anyway to protect his own political interests.

March 11, 2014

Gay rights activists, including a member of parliament and the former opposition leader, has called on the Constitutional Court and High Court to recognize gay people must be protected in Uganda

Uganda’s anti-gay law is to face scrutiny in the Constitutional Court.

A number of gay rights activists have joined together to challenge the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, as well as former opposition leader Ogenga Latigo, is among their number that filed the complaint today (11 March).

The draconian legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

March 10, 2014

Telecoms company is protesting against Uganda's anti-gay law that punishes homosexuality with life in jail

Telecom company Orange is pulling advertizing from a Uganda tabloid that outed hundreds of gay people in the country.

Red Pepper, a prominent tabloid, published 200 names and faces of LGBTI people in Uganda sparking fears of mob violence.

Orange spokesperson Jean-Bernard Orsoni said: ‘Orange Uganda is advertising in most newspapers and radio stations in the country.

March 5, 2014

International aid minister condemns recently passed legislation in the African country punishing gay people with life in jail

Sweden will be stopping all development aid to Uganda over the new anti-gay law, a minister said today (5 March).

Hillevi Engström, the international aid minister, has condemned the recently passed legislation in Uganda punishing gay people with life in jail.

‘The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people,’ Engström said, according to AFP.

March 4, 2014

While several countries are considering cutting donor aid, gay rights activists say this is not the best option. But what can you do?

When countries far away enact homophobic laws, the rest of the world can feel helpless.

Do we call for cuts to aid even though gay people in the country disagree with it?

Do we protest where the people that matter will never see it?

Do we sign an online petition lawmakers will never read?

Because of the internet, because of social media, the world has become smaller. And this means you do not have to be in Uganda to help make a difference.

March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will be forced to make reductions and cutbacks in the face of the World Bank freezing $90 million in aid

Uganda has announced MP expenses, as well as ‘other areas’, will be slashed as donors cut aid over anti-gay law.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will have to make reductions and cutbacks.

Gay rights activists in Uganda are largely opposed to cuts in aid, as they feel it could cause a violent backlash.

‘It will delay the improvement of service delivery in the health sector,’ Mbabazi told reporters.

March 1, 2014

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has continued his defence of the new anti-gay law on Twitter, saying the West ‘shouldn’t force homosexuality on Uganda’
 

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has taken to Twitter again to respond to global criticism of the country’s new draconic anti-gay law.

Yesterday (28 February) he wrote ‘Uganda government can’t force the West to give it their money, and they shouldn’t force homosexuality on Uganda either #AntiGayLaw’.

February 28, 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister has written to her Ugandan counterpart to raise her concerns about the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gay repeat offenders for life

Australia has voiced its concern over the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda but has limited leverage as it provides no development aid to the country’s government.

It was revealed in a Senate estimates committee that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had written to the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on Wednesday to complain about the signing into law of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill by President Yoweri Museveni,

February 28, 2014

Parliamentary group has launched in Nairobi with the aim of enforcing more extreme anti-gay laws in Kenya

Gay rights activists are fighting to stop a Uganda-style anti-gay bill in Kenya.

Denis Nzioka, a gay rights activist in Kenya, and his colleagues are planning to combat against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.

Led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kangata, the leaders have demanded anti-gay laws in the African country to be stricter and enforced.

February 27, 2014

Social media giant was told by gay activists that ceasing operations in Uganda could be a death sentence for young LGBTI teens

Facebook has slammed reports that claimed the social media giant will be pulling out of Uganda over the anti-gay law.

Several African news reports printed a statement from the social media giant's chief operating officer.

‘When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form. We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law,’ Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, quoted as saying.

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 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

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

Scott Lively, who refuses to take credit for the anti-gay law, says it is too 'harsh' and says they should have enacted Russia-style gay propganda laws instead

Religious influences in the US are being blamed for the new anti-gay law in Uganda, one of the most draconic in the world.

The Pink Triangle Trust, a British LGBT humanist group, has condemned evangelists like Scott Lively for his alleged work in influencing the law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law yesterday (24 February), which punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

February 24, 2014

Amnesty, Human Rights Group, and even Deputy PM Nick Clegg haves slammed the new law implementing life imprisonment for repeat offenders for homosexuality

Global gay rights groups have condemned Uganda’s president for signing the anti-gay bill into law.

Yoweri Museveni signed the long-delayed bill into law, one of the most draconic legislations in the world.

It toughens up present laws to include life imprisonment for ‘repeat offenders’ of homosexuality.

It will also be illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality, and those who fail to report homosexuals to the police will also risk arrest or jail.