Uganda raids gay rights workshop

2012-02-15 07:53

Kampala - A Ugandan minister on Tuesday raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists in Entebbe, Amnesty International reported, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced.

The London-based rights watchdog said in a statement that Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, also a priest, raided the workshop flanked by police and expelled its participants from the Entebbe hotel where it was being held.

"This is an outrageous attempt to prevent lawful and peaceful activities of human rights defenders in Uganda," Amnesty International said.

Ugandan police spokesperson Asuman Mugenyi said: "Gay activities are illegal activities under our law and our law has not been amended."

Homosexuality is already punishable by life imprisonment in Uganda but a recently reintroduced bill proposes to toughen the law, notably by criminalising acts aiding or abetting homosexuality.

The bill, which enjoys wide support in the east African country's parliament, initially envisioned making certain homosexual acts punishable by death.

But the bill's author, MP David Bahati, said last week after an international outcry that he wanted to drop the death sentence clauses.

  • Ben - 2012-02-15 08:41

    And people wonder why this country will never move forward...

      carina.welman - 2012-02-15 10:57

      Alisha, gays are humans and that makes it a human rights issue you idiot! Think about this dor a moment... Straight people give birth to gay people..

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 12:12

      @Alisha - what is it about homosexuals do that makes you feel so strongly about them?

  • Anthony - 2012-02-15 08:46

    If we would have an AU, which had any relevance to African politics, they would have taken a strong stand against these human rights abuses. But this organisation, can get little, if anything right, so in many African countries the gay community is left over to tyranny!!!

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-15 08:49

    A plug was NOT meant to fit into a plug...

      J-Man - 2012-02-15 08:59

      Because its a plug. Not a human being.

      mbossenger - 2012-02-15 09:27

      J-Man - I think you might need to explain this rahter complex concept to Shaun with nice small words written in big letters, or with pictures.

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-15 10:17

      @Mbossinger - Small words, lol, check your spelling bub!!!

      julianluus - 2012-02-15 12:23

      @Shaun: Why are some people so caught up by what two men or two women may or may not be doing behind closed doors. When you think about your grandparents, do you also automatically think of them having sex? Gay rights is about the freedom to have a relationship with who you choose. If we had laws against mixed race couples or couples who are living together without being married, would it also be about sex for you?

      lezaan.venter - 2012-02-15 12:50

      plat en plat maak ook nat!

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:16

      How did this conversation switch to electronics?

      Maria - 2012-03-14 18:22

      i think you are confused about how gay sex works

  • Andre - 2012-02-15 09:01

    God made Adam and Eve - not Adam and Steve ... lol

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-15 09:08

      @J-man - You're a plug buddy, go get you matric!!! @ Andre - FULLY agree my friend, God IS NOT confused

      Carl - 2012-02-15 09:11

      go get you matric?

      Phoenix - 2012-02-15 10:07

      Oh this is so lame.

      shannon.trouncell - 2012-02-15 10:21

      And here we go again with the Adam and Eve story…… I find it very strange that God is been thrown at gay people all the time, and how they reminded that being gay is an abomination to God…… however these same individuals who is using God to prove a point is the same people who lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, murder, rape smoke and drink alcohol and yet all these things are abominations to God as well, society can get along with the murderers and the rapist but not gay people…..

      J-Man - 2012-02-15 14:02

      @ Shaun - thanks got one. And a University degree! So I'm good. You however, need to learn how to a) spell, b) reply based on fact etc, and not resort to personal "insults" when you're in a corner....and c) how to reply on the applicable post. Peace out.

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:18

      Actually he made Adam, Eve, Steve, Jesus, Paul, John, Mark, Luke, Moses, Mary, Joseph, Jacob, Israel, Mohammad, Buddha, Confuscious,....

  • Michael - 2012-02-15 09:35

    Siomon Likodo, please come this way when you are done in Kampala (lol). C'mon, press that thumbsdown button!

  • Irene - 2012-02-15 10:04

    So primitive. So backward. So African.

      Dakey - 2012-02-15 10:57

      Yep Irene, We should look at places like the UK for inspiration and moral values.So civilised, so forward, so lost.

      Warwick - 2012-02-15 13:35

      Backward is correct, look what happens to black lesbians in the townships in South Africa, not to mention the burning and stoning to death of old black people perceived to be witches.

      Johan - 2012-02-15 15:11

      I agree Irene. So sad but so true!

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:53

      Actually, anti-homosexual sentiment is not African at all... it was not an issue in Africa until Britain colonized and established the very same anti-gay laws that are still on the books today - and still "enforced" by the neo-colonial African governments. Homosexuality wasn't brought to Africa by Whites, HATE was brought to Africa by Whites. Lead by the Missionaries, whose primary mission was, apparently to spread their religious hate across the continent (while, of course stealing the land, destroying local culture and customs, and paving the way for colonization). When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

  • Phoenix - 2012-02-15 10:11

    Oh dear. Insecure men out in full force again today.

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-15 10:28

    Do we have gay animals?

      Christina - 2012-02-15 10:43

      No Mr. Lucky i dont think so animals dont think like humans, humans are too clever, they think they can change what GOD has made to suit them. and they claim oh GOD has made me this way, the same GOD who hates homosexuality. MR LOKODO i wish we can have people like you in Mzansi.

      Irene - 2012-02-15 10:54

      Yes we do have gay animals.

      carina.welman - 2012-02-15 11:02

      Go google animal homosexuality. You'll be surprised at how ignorant your statement is. If you want to know something, do some research!

      carina.welman - 2012-02-15 11:19

      And where did you come up with that info John? I will reiterate my previous statement.. Read!! Do research. You poor uninformed homophobes.. So many people pitty you because of your ignorance. But most people see you for what you are.. Inhumane.

      carina.welman - 2012-02-15 11:21

      Just because you do not understand something does not give you the right to an oppinion. Homophobes need to keep quiet about stuff they know nothing about. You give straight people a very bad name!

      cameronrh1 - 2012-02-15 12:13

      @Ignorant fools... More than 1500 species of animals display homosexual behaviour... If you guys bothered to grow up and mature a little you would know this... Or at least try and do some research on a topic instead of proving your ignorance towards something you are clearly insecure about yourself...

      lezaan.venter - 2012-02-15 12:49

      Thats nice Lucky compare appels with oranges!!!

      carina.welman - 2012-02-15 12:59

      And you would be right there my dear John. There are people we call scientists, that do lots and lots and lots of things called STUDIES. That would be some of the aricles that you read. Now stop wasting my time and energy.

      J-Man - 2012-02-15 14:18

      @ Christina: >> No Mr. Lucky "i dont think" {...} << - stop right there. Who makes YOU an expert? You're obviously not. Read up, learn, understand, then post.

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-15 16:26

      Carina I think I asked a question nothing more and nothing less. Last time I checked asking a question is part of research so why are u saying I'm ignorant when I'm doing the same thing u say I should do? Don't be emotional.

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:21

      Yes, homosexuality is evident in nearly every animal on the planet. Here is a list...

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:29

      @ John VH... yeah, and humans are animals, too! I love how the anti-gay faction likes to use both sides of the gay animal argument. First they say it is un-natural, and use a lack of gay animals as evidence that it is not natural... then they get burned when they discover that that homosexuality is actually found throughout the animal kingdom, and they change arguments to point out that humans are acting like animals. HUMANS ARE ANIMALS!!! We are animals that are just as able to act upon our feeling, emotions and desires as any others, in fact more so. Some of us are intelligent and some, clearly, are ignorant. And we have created advanced societies with the high goal of freedom and human rights. So why, then, do you want to take us back to uncivilized behavior that denies people their personal freedom?

  • Dakey - 2012-02-15 10:55

    Liberal morality = if it does not hurt anyone, its okay. If you sell paedophiles some blow up children, their ideology would be that this is perfectly morally permissable. If its so bad to live there, move somewhere else. S.African's who can't find jobs because they're white, go to UK, Canada, Aus. Zimbabweans go to SA. There are plenty of countries where homosexuality is legal, even promoted, go there.

      apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:32

      Yes, and South Africa is one of those countries. But why should people have to move? Why not just provide equal rights for everyone? South Africa is not 20 years out of aparthied... by your argument, if the Black and Colored Africans were not happy living under that system, I guess they should have moved!

  • Heiku - 2012-02-15 11:10

    To me being an African is about personal liberty and freedom. In other words; leave people alone and get on with your own sh*t

  • Ayavuya Mfenyana - 2012-02-15 14:08

    How about you try getting of corruption in that sh*t hole you call a country before dealing with the homos? Bloody coward! What's the point in dealing with issues that really have no impact on the well being of the citizens.

  • apuuli - 2012-03-14 01:15

    I am not exactly sure why Ugandans are so fixated on homosexuality. I mean, I am, but I'm gay! Why are all these straight people... oh, hmm... I think I get it now. ;)

  • Horst - 2012-03-14 18:55

    We should be happy about there being gay people, because gay people, in most cases, don't breed and multiply.

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