Ugandan AIDS Activist Arrested, Tortured, Dumped

Usaam Auf Mukwaya, one of three activists arrested last month for evading security to protest the lack of efforts toward gays at an HIV/AIDS conference at Imperial Royale Hotel in Uganda, was picked up by Ugandan police over the weekend, and then tortured, interrogated, and dumped.

Uganda“The activist was arrested by the police while on his way back from Friday prayers. He was reportedly driven to a building where he was led through a dark hall to an interrogation room, and aggressively question about Ugandan LGBT movement. Mukwaya was cut around the hands and tortured with a machine that applies extreme pressure to the body, preventing breathing and causing severe pain before being driven out of the building and dumped. He boarded a motorbike taxi to the city center and telephone his colleagues from Shaken and bruised, he boarded a motorbike taxi to the city center and telephoned colleagues from Sexual Minorities Uganda who found him weak, filthy and without shoes and some of his clothing. Another protester who is currently being tried on charges of criminal tress pass (sic) alongside the disappeared activists explained how Mukwaya was arrested. Julian Onziema said he was with Mukwaya when police pounced on three of them in Nakasero.”

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