Ugandan LGBT Community Raided Over Social Distancing Violation Claims

Ugandan LGBT Community Raided Over Social Distancing Violation Claims

A gay rights leader in Uganda reportedly says that 20 members of the local LGBT community have been detained after the police raided their shelter and accused them of violating coronavirus-related social distancing measures.

“It is evident that they were arrested because of their homosexuality,” Frank Mugisha said on Wednesday, while expressing concern for detainees’ safety as “some of them are on AIDS medication.” Gay sex is criminalized in Uganda.

Mugisha said the 20 were among 23 people accused of violating the president’s orders during a police raid on Sunday. Three were freed because of ill health, he said.

Mugisha said the house in Kyengera, a town near Kampala, is a known shelter for LGBT people seeking community as well as treatment for AIDS. He said the house has previously been targeted by the police.

Ugandan police are enforcing measures imposed by President Yoweri Museveni as part of efforts to stop the local transmission of the coronavirus. The East African nation has reported 44 cases, most of them imported.

Mugisha said attacks on homosexuals often go unreported in Uganda, and he warned that hate crimes targeting homosexuals could rise amid the pandemic.

There have been efforts in Uganda in recent years to enact harsher penalties targeting the LGBT community, including death by hanging. Many Ugandans believe, as most Africans do, that homosexuality is a Western import. An anti-gay law enacted in 2014 was later overturned by a panel of judges amid international pressure and threats of aids cuts. In enacting that law, Museveni accused “arrogant and careless Western groups,” without naming any names, of trying to recruit Ugandan children into homosexuality.

According to Human Rights Watch, 32 African nations have various laws criminalizing homosexuality.

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  1. Mitch
    April 03, 08:57 Reply

    They said “social distancing”
    Not private distancing.

    How’s the goings-on in a private building anyone’s business? How does the distance between people in a private building contravene government policies?

    Is it that Africans pride in gross stupidity? Or that Africans genuinely don’t have sense?

    Because I’m not understanding the logic behind the raid on A FUCKING SAFE HOUSE!!!!!

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