Uganda: Police stop gay pride parade deemed illegal

2016-09-24 17:10
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Entebbe -  Ugandan police have prevented organisers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister who says such an event is illegal.

Frank Mugisha, a gay rights leader in Uganda, said police blocked organisers from staging the event at two locations outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Mugisha said more than 100 LGBT people turned up for the event on Saturday at a beach on Lake Victoria. He said most of them were later ordered into minibuses and escorted by police to Kampala.

Homosexuality is criminalised in Uganda under a colonial-era law proscribing sex acts "against the order of nature".

In 2014, Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill that originally had proposed the death penalty against some homosexual acts. A court later jettisoned the law.

Read more on:    uganda  |  east africa  |  gay rights

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