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Gay Ugandan torture victim fears death penalty if deported from UK

Gay Ugandan torture victim fears death penalty if deported from UK

A gay Ugandan activist fears he could face the death penalty if he is deported back to his country where a controversial ‘Kill the Gays’ bill is likely to be passed.

Asuman Kabugo, a member of Movement for Justice, was detained having been refused asylum in the UK.

The United Kingdom Border Agency has claimed that Kabugo has not proven his sexuality to them, or that his life would be in danger should he return to Uganda.

Kabugo, who is gay, has spoken at length about the struggles of the LGBT community in Uganda and has claimed to be a victim of torture.

A protest is being planned today (23 November) in central London by Movement for Justice against Kabugo’s deportation and Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill.

At 2PM, demonstrators will rally outside the Uganda House, and will then march on the Home Office.

A spokesperson for Movement for Justice told Gay Star News: ‘[Asuman Kabugo] has submitted medical evidence of torture he suffered in Uganda, and he has many witnesses and evidence.

‘His life will be in danger should he be forced back to Uganda.

‘Yet the UKBA are still treating him and too many people in the most routine way, simply claiming they have not "proven" their sexuality.’

While gay sex is already a crime in Uganda, proposed legislation would see the death penalty introduced for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

While some reports suggest the bill has been amended to make life imprisonment the maximum sentence, versions in the public eye and sources within the country maintain that the death sentence could still be applied in some circumstances.

Politicians are expected to debate the law in the next few days after it was added to parliament’s schedule yesterday (22 November).