Post submitted by Jane Thirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow:
Just a day after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law which punishes 'aggravated homosexuality' with life in prison, the hunt for gays has begun, with a Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper, publishing names and some pictures of 'top 200 homosexuals' in Uganda.
The list contains some Ugandan LGBT activists. A similar list was published in the same tabloid in 2010, after which, renowned activist David Kato was killed in his home. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in the media, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy.
Today Kasha Jacqueline, a Ugandan LGBT activist who is among those listed in the Red Pepper story, tweeted of an attack on a suspected gay couple, causing the death of one of them.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the bill marked 'a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights' and that the U.S. is beginning an internal review of its relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of engagement, including assistance programs, uphold anti-discrimination policies and principles.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay denounced the anti-homosexuality law, warning that the law would institutionalize discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence against LGBT people.
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