Posts tagged Uganda

Recently, the President of the Republic of Uganda has signed into law an anti-homosexuality bill that provides for lengthy prison terms and even life imprisonment for “serial offenders”. Agencies and companies that advocate for LGBT rights can be banned and their directors sentenced to prison. The government of Uganda says “Nurture not Nature”

We say #LoveIsNatural.

We have many surprises in store, and there are many lulz to be had in this fight.

Phase 1: FaxBomb
Please download the following files and fax them to the numbers listed below. Or send your own! You can use any free online faxing service, as you are expressing an opinion, you are engaging in freedom of speech, not in spam or harassment. That said, it is recommended you do so behind Tor and/or a VPN. We obviously aren’t dealing with people who appreciate subtlety in human interaction.
Greetings Yoweri Museveni, and other Anti-Homosexuality Bill thugs. We’ve been watching you for quite a while now. We even were so kind as to jostle you a bit in the past to try and bring you to your senses. However, you still fail to see the errors of your ways. Rampant child rape plagues your nation. Your own so-called “Ministry of Ethics and Integrity” is headed by someone who seems to be ok with that fact. All too often we’ve seen the abuse of human rights as a symptom of the mass corruption that lurks in the shadows. You have declared war on the world’s LGBT citizens and the time has come for us to make good on our promises to you. Each day we will continue to take down targets we deem as responsible for the deaths of LGBT people in Uganda. We will continue until you not only repeal these despicable laws but actually provide laws securing the dignity of your citizens humanity and establishing the framework for their prosperity as well.

At the linked document, there are several points of contact of Ugandan officials and public personalities. You’re invited to shame and harangue these bigots for their misdeeds.

There are also domains for websites of the same. It may be illegal and I am not suggesting that you ping -t these servers as a denial of service attack.

If nobody else will take action and the government of Uganda refuses to see reason, Anonymous will adopt a scorched earth policy towards Uganda’s network infrastructure. You should expect us, for we do not forgive and we will not forget.

Stop Uganda's Kill The Gays Bill

I just signed a petition to help stop Uganda’s notorious “Kill the Gays” bill - which could legalize the death penalty for gay and lesbian people. President Museveni promised to veto it but he’s under pressure from Uganda’s parliament who desperately want to pass it. We can hold him to his promise by taking action right now.

We’ve done it before - by creating a global outcry of literally millions of people. I know we can stop it again, but only if you sign this petition and share it now.

The bill could move forward at any moment - will you join me and stand with Ugandans against this horrific law?

Uganda: Stop the "Kill the Gays" Law Now

In the next 72 hours, conservative lawmakers could move a bill that would make being LGBT in Uganda a crime punishable by death.

This hateful bill appears to be a political diversion, a way to distract from the legitimate grievances of pro-democracy activists, who have been beaten, teargassed, jailed, and even killed in recent weeks.

Can you please sign and share this petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni stop the human rights violations by publicly vowing to veto the “Kill the Gays” bill?

Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill Nearing Vote

Imagine, if you will, a world in which people are routinely executed as a consequence of the beliefs they hold. We are told, with a great deal of outrage that such a state of affairs once prevailed, and that Christians were its victims. In fact, the alleged persecution of Christians at the hands of the “evil empire” – Rome – is a staple of today’s “war on Christianity” meme; Christianity the persecuted minority, victims – ironically enough – of a society they decry as too liberal, too pluralistic, and too tolerant. It is never explained to us how this paradox exists; we are simply assured it does.

William Throckmorton reminds us that hearings took place regarding Uganda’s violent anti-homosexuality bill on Friday. Surely you remember that bill – the “kill the gays” bill – the bill that would introduce the death penalty homosexuality. Homosexuality is already illegal there, netting offenders a prison sentence of up to 14 years.


GOOD NEWS! After writing, marching and lobbying, a judge in the UK ruled that the evidence merits a new judicial review of Brenda’s asylum claim.

Brenda’s asylum case is finally getting the fair review it deserves, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!!

Will you join All Out, and tell friends about this movement of more than 60,000 people in 160 countries that stood by Brenda, and will continue to stand for equality for everyone, everywhere around the world?

The Apostasy of Theocrats

If you think that theocracy is just loony, like The Wonkette casts this guy to be, think again after this example from Uganda:


Gay activist on newspaper’s ‘hang them’ list killed

Ugandan tabloid published photographs with names, addresses until court intervened

KAMPALA, Uganda — A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by a newspaper next to the words “Hang Them” was bludgeoned to death, officials said Thursday.

David Kato, an advocacy officer for the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, was found with serious head wounds at his home in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said. Kato died from his injuries on the way to hospital, police said.

"We cannot confirm that Kato was killed because he was gay or whether it was just an ordinary crime," police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said. Investigations were under way and no arrests had yet been made, she said.

A Ugandan tabloid newspaper called Rolling Stone listed a number of men they said were homosexuals last year, including Kato. Kato’s picture was published on the front page, along with his name and a headline that said “Hang Them.” A judge eventually barred the tabloid from printing such stories and photos.

"Witnesses told police that a man entered Kato’s home in Mukono at around 1 p.m. on January 26, 2011, hit him twice in the head and departed in a vehicle," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

'Tragic loss'
The rights organization called for an urgent investigation into Kato’s murder, saying that his work as a prominent gay rights campaigner had previously seen him face threats to his personal safety. The organization called on the Ugandan government to offer gay people in the country sufficient protection.

"David Kato’s death is a tragic loss to the human rights community," said Maria Burnett, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. "David had faced the increased threats … bravely and will be sorely missed."

Homosexuality is deeply unpopular in many African nations, where some see it as a Western import. It is illegal in 37 countries on the continent including Uganda and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of jobs.

Rolling Stone published 29 photographs with names and, in some cases, addresses before the High Court ordered it to stop on grounds of privacy.

The first article — which featured Kato — ran under the headlines, “100 pictures of Uganda’s top homos leak” and “Hang Them.”

Giles Muhame, the 22-year-old editor of the newspaper, told Reuters he condemned the murder and that the paper had not wanted gays to be attacked.

"If he has been murdered, that’s bad and we pray for his soul," Muhame said. "There has been a lot of crime, it may not be because he is gay. We want the government to hang people who promote homosexuality, not for the public to attack them. We said they should be hanged, not stoned or attacked."

Kato and two other gay activists sued the newspaper over claims that it had violated their constitutional rights to privacy and won the case earlier this month. A judge issued an injunction banning the publication of the identities and personal details of alleged homosexuals.

Frank Mugisha, the chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said he has asked religious leaders, political leaders and media outlets to stop demonizing sexual minorities in Uganda since doing so creates a climate of violence against gay persons.

"Across the entire country, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Ugandans mourn the loss of David, a dear friend, colleague, teacher, family member and human rights defender," said Mugisha, who said Kato had been receiving death threats since his face was on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Uganda’s anti-gay movement first made international headlines in October 2009 when a bill was tabled in the country’s parliament proposing the death penalty for homosexuals who are “repeat offenders.”

President Barack Obama denounced it as “odious” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to express concern.

It was quietly shelved under the pressure, but rights groups fear it may be passed after a February presidential election that Museveni is expected to win.

The introduction of the bill followed a conference in Kampala attended by American activists who consider same-gender relationships sinful, and believe gays and lesbians can become heterosexual through prayer and counseling. Some gay Ugandans still resent that American intervention.

"David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S evangelicals in 2009," said Val Kalende, a Ugandan gay rights activist. "The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood."