Exiled Ugandan LGBT activists Protest in DC
February 5, 2014 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Jane Thirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow
Exiled Ugandan LGBT activists yesterday held a protest at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C., asking President Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan Parliament to withdraw the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed in December.
The protest was organized by the Kuchu Diaspora Alliance, a community of LGBT Ugandans in the diaspora. HRC's Global Engagement fellows joined in solidarity.
According to activist Victor Mukasa, it is at the hands of state officials and faith leaders, that LGBT Ugandans are dehumanized, and have forced activists like him to leave the country in search for safety.
“We have been exiled from our country, but we remain connected by the spirit of nationalism,” he said.
In the wake of Parliament’s passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, police have made some arbitrary arrests of those they accuse of engaging in homosexual conduct, even though the bill has not been passed to law.
Despite previous week’s claim that he would not sign the bill because it was hurriedly passed, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is now asking for “conclusive scientific proof” that homosexuality is not genetic before he signs.
The Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S. Oliver Wonekha, did not speak with the activists but asked that they make a formal request for an appointment at a later date.