As many as 12 awaiting gay-sex trials in Uganda

26 Apr

76crimes blog

 

As a result of Uganda’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown, many LGBT people are in hiding and as many as a dozen Ugandans are currently awaiting trial on homosexuality-related charges. Three of them are in prison pending the outcome of their trials.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)

Since President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act in  February, an LGBT security hotline in Uganda has received reports of about 130 incidents of evictions, arrests and mob attacks, hotline manager Sandra Ntebi told Inter-Press Service.

2 in Luzira Prison awaiting trial

 The advocacy group Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum — Uganda (HRAPF) has provided lawyers for LGBT defendants, including businessman Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa,  19, a transgender woman. HRAPF rescued them from a mob that was attacking them and arranged for them to have legal representation.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of HRAPF, cited the cases of three other defendants located in Oyam in northern Uganda and in Soroti in eastern Uganda:

Maurice Okello and Anthony Oluku (Photo courtesy of NTV)

2 cousins in Oyam arrested, probed

In Oyam, two cousins, ages 22 and 18, were arrested when the older cousin  complained to local authorities that the younger cousin had attempted to have sex with him. They both were arrested, paraded in front of the media and kept in custody for more than two weeks.  They were also subjected to anal examinations. They were later released on police bond.

NTV reported that Oyam District Police Commander Najibu Waiswa identified the defendants as Maurice Okello, 22, married with a child, and Anthony Oluku, 18. Police said the young men were caught red-handed and also admitted to having been involved in acts of homosexuality.

Gay Star News reported that, because they are charged under Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Law, the two face up to life in prison.

Trans woman in Nakatunya Prison awaiting trial

In Soroti, a transgender woman was arrested after her neighbors attacked her.  Accused of misleading men into thinking she was a woman, she was charged with “being a common nuisance” under the Penal Code Act and was remanded to Nakatunya Prison, Jjuuko said. She is scheduled to appear in court April 29.

Joseph Saidi in happier times.

Activist attacked, arrested, charged

In addition, activist Joseph Saidi wasarrested on sodomy charges in mid-March in Uganda, where he had fled for safety after being attacked at home last year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was released, but his passport was not returned to him.

Activist leader arrested, with colleagues

Last November, activist Sam Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda and chairman of the Sexual Minorities Uganda coalition, was arrested along with as many as four associates and charged with “crimes against the order of nature.” They were released pending trial.

Local partner awaiting trial

In January, the British partner of Ugandan Albert Cheptoyek, 30, was deported after court proceedings related to a gay sex video that police found in their possession.  Cheptoyek remains in Uganda, charged with “acts of gross indecency,” which is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

He told The Guardian that he “expected to be jailed because of his sexuality, had been rejected by his local community, and feared for his life now the international spotlight had moved on” after his partner’s deportation.

Trans sex worker beaten, arrested

In March, Brenda, an HIV-positive, transgender sex worker in her late 30s who lives near Kampala, was beaten, stripped, arrested and paraded in front of local media, Ntebi told IPS.

On Apr. 17, Brenda was beaten again, hospitalized, and then went into hiding in a hotel while Ntebi worked to find a house she could rent.

Indoors, in hiding

Ntebi also told of the fears of Beyondy, 23, a fashion designer who is in hiding in a shack at the back of a Kampala slum, fearing that he will again face frequent attacks now that the anti-gay law has been enacted. He rarely goes outside, but remains indoors watching music videos.

76 Crimes story;

http://76crimes.com/2014/04/25/as-many-as-12-awaiting-gay-sex-trials-in-uganda/

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