Homophobic Uganda minister warned over LGBTI attacks
From GERALD BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – RIGHTS groups expressed outrage at sentiments attributed to a Ugandan Minister that he would suppress the activities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights activists and rehabilitate LGBTI people.
The speech was attributed to Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo.
Amnesty International said the minister’s remarks coming only a few days after police assaulted peaceful attendees at a private LGBTI Pride event in Kampala were irresponsible and are tantamount to advocacy of hatred and incitement to discrimination.
“The Ugandan government should be working to bring to account those responsible for the criminal attack that left one person hospitalised with serious injuries, and dozens more injured, instead of condoning these attacks and inciting further hostility against LGBTI people,” Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said.
In his remarks in Kampala, Lokodo publicly backed the police raid on a nightclub last Thursday in which LGBTI people were beaten and undressed.
Lokodo told journalists that his office was also developing a programme to “rehabilitate” LGBTI people “with the ultimate aim of giving them a chance to live normal lives again.”
– CAJ News
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