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Report: First Arrests In Uganda Under Anti-Gay Law

Reports have surfaced that two men have been arrested under Uganda's new anti-gay law signed into law last month. The men were detained at a hotel in the town of Jinja earlier this week.

Uganda2According to Trending Newsroom, a hotel employee reported them to police:

Two men were nabbed in a Kampala hotel after a lodging attendant caught them having sex and subsequently informed the police. According to reports, sexual moans were heard about 20 minutes after the men had checked into the room they had booked in the hotel. Shortly after being informed, the police arrived at the scene, handcuffed the two men and took them away.

Suspected gay citizens have also apparently been ousted from their homes. The New Civil Rights Movement reports on at least two instances where landlords have issued eviction notices to tenants. One letter reads:

UgandaI am writing to inform you that you have been evicted from the house you live in because of the stories [about your gay lifestyle] that appeared on Bukedde Television and in the print media. We can no longer live with someone like you. Therefore, vacate the premises before the 5th of May 2014

Meanwhile, gay rights activists and politicians have challenged the revolting law in the country's courts:

The group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law are calling on the court to rule that the new law violates Uganda’s constitution, because it encourages discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who helped to draft the petition, said the group are asking judges to issue an interim order which stops police officer from implementing the laws.

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  1. Remember the Ugandan president specifically said he was declaring war against the global LGBTA community in the speech he gave when he signed the law. So the global LGBTA community should consider Ugandan government officials guilty of genocide and deal with it accordingly.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 15, 2014 5:00:29 PM

  2. “First they came…” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the sloth of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

    There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions.

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892.
    Niemöller was an anti-communist and supported Hitler's rise to power at first.

    But when Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion, Niemöller became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen opposed to Hitler.

    In 1937 he was arrested and eventually confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic enough about the Nazi movement.” Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies.

    He continued his career in Germany as a clergyman and as a leading voice of penance and reconciliation for the German people after World War II.

    His statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Mar 15, 2014 6:14:14 PM

  3. Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
    Perry 367 (Babrius 70)

    The gods were getting married. One after another, they all got hitched, until finally it was time for War to draw his lot, the last of the bachelors.

    Hubris, or Reckless Pride, became his wife, since she was the only one left without a husband.

    They say War loved Hubris with such abandon that he still follows her everywhere she goes.

    So do not ever allow Hubris to come upon the nations or cities of mankind, smiling fondly at the crowds, because War will be coming right behind her.

    Note: Hubris is a Greek word meaning reckless pride or insolence; as a feminine noun, hubris is, allegorically, a woman.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Mar 15, 2014 6:15:01 PM

  4. An employee reported that the 2 men were in a hotel room together?! That's sounds like an immature game that children would play: I'm telling Mommy on you!
    Grow up Uganda!!!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 15, 2014 6:15:47 PM

  5. The Paranoia Switch by Martha Stout (

    These familiar history McCarthyism, the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans, and the rise of the Klu Klux Klan after the Civil War – are three American examples of what I have called “limbic wars.” Every limbic war can be divided into six stages.

    These stages do not have distinct beginning or ends, but rather merge, almost imperceptibly, each into the next. The first phase always involves a traumatizing event, usually a war or an attack. The five subsequent stages are essential reaction to the fear instilled in people minds by the initial tragedy.

    The second stage is the all-important one. If leaders willing to us the paranoia switch are not embraced by the people, a limbic war may not occur at all, and the unhappy unfolding of Stages 3 through 6 can be avoided. If they accept the fear brokers, the process continues into its third stage.

    The Six Stages of Limbic War
    1. Group Trauma
    2. Fear Brokers
    3. Scapegoatism
    4. Cultural Regression
    5. Recognition & Backlash
    6. Regret & Amnesia

    Ten Behavioral Characteristics of Fear Brokers
    1. Fear brokers speak to us of fear, dangerous people and frightening situations
    2. Fear brokers are not limited by facts; they use alarming “unfacts”
    3. Fear brokers tend to accuse those who disagree with them of being unpatriotic or naïve
    4. Feat brokers look good
    5. Fear brokers behave like archetypal parents
    6. Fear brokers shame us over sex
    7. Fear brokers praise us for being moral and heroic, contradicting as it is
    8. Fear brokers project personal infallibility
    9. Fear brokers are secretive, and are certain that other people too, are keeping dangerous secrets
    10. Fear brokers use language that pulls for primitive affect

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Mar 15, 2014 6:15:50 PM

  6. Why does the Obama administration continue to fund the government of Uganda?

    Posted by: roger | Mar 15, 2014 7:46:03 PM

  7. Congratulations, Uganda, for building a legacy of shame for yourselves. This is part of YOUR history, and you WON'T live it down. Dirty, hetero-supremacist, wannabe nazi analogues.

    Posted by: Carla | Mar 15, 2014 7:57:50 PM

  8. You would think true conservatives would be appalled with these photos that perfectly capture the act of the government literally peering into the bedrooms of its private citizens.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Mar 15, 2014 8:17:42 PM

  9. Yet plenty of true conservatives love doing exactly that.

    The hotel where the men were arrested must have thin walls or nosy staff! If I were in Uganda, celibacy would seem like a good idea as I planned a way to get out.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 15, 2014 8:24:44 PM

  10. In our country, Lawrence v. Texas only made it to the Supreme Court eleven years ago.

    Posted by: Lexis | Mar 15, 2014 8:43:00 PM

  11. Isn't aiding homosexuals punishable under this law? Does it apply to the activists appealing to the courts and any judge that would side with them? Any hotel staff who choose to look the other way?

    Posted by: Shawn | Mar 15, 2014 9:34:52 PM

  12. I see the question above asking why the Obama administration continues to fund the Unganda government. The answer? Because the gay community and their supporters don't give a flying fig what happens in Uganda or Russia or Iran or any of the other countries who discriminate and kill their own gay citizens. A White House petition has been ongoing for nearly a week now and fewer than 1400 have signed it despite it being promoted and advertised on every gay forum on the web. That's your reason. Unless this was happening to gay people right here - and even then the majority would do nothing - there will never be world-wide equality. Do you get it gang? Do you seriously understand?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 15, 2014 10:11:18 PM

  13. I hold President Obama, Prime Minister Harper, and Queen Elizabeth II responsible for this.

    Uganda is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, so the Commonwealth's leader (and Canada, which used to lead on issues like these) should be moving to have it expelled for violating Commonwealth principles.

    And given the US's involvement in creating this mess, it must be involved in cleaning it up.

    Yet these three countries have done next to nothing, giving a bright green light to Africa to ruin gay lives.

    The petition (or a similar one) that Mike Ryan refers to is here:

    I would go further and request that it be made criminal to trade with Uganda, except for humanitarian aid directly to secular schools.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 16, 2014 12:06:53 AM

  14. I whole-heatedly agree with RANDY. The US, Canada and England should not hesitate in denouncing and denying any and all funding to Uganda - and make it illegal to trade, visit or financially support Uganda.

    History tells me it just isn't going to happen. I'm so disappointed with all three of the above as well as the gay communities of the three countries which, whether they admit it or not, have tremendous power but fearful of flexing it.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 16, 2014 12:39:15 AM

  15. - News of this broke 10 days ago. The hotel reported the men because they have to under the law, lest they do time themselves.

    Posted by: antisaint | Mar 16, 2014 12:49:13 AM

  16. "Why does the Obama administration continue to fund the government of Uganda?"

    Look what Obama and Clinton did in Honduras. They put in junta that's murdering LGBT activists. Or maybe they did it before their views evolved enough.

    Posted by: jesos | Mar 16, 2014 1:39:22 AM

  17. Hello straight allies, you there? Um, we could use your help. I know you're my sister and father, friend and co-worker, but do you think you could take some time out to pretend that it's me getting arrested for being your gay best friend .. in Uganda?


    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 16, 2014 2:51:18 AM

  18. Trying to speak logic with Uganda is futile. Cutting off aid from the US, Canada, and UK would only mean they'd get it elsewhere, making the situation even worse. There's no simple solution, but at least Uganda isn't a global power---and is among the dozens of countries that treat their gay citizens brutally and ignorantly.

    Human rights abuses are awful no matter where they occur, but outsiders rarely get involved unless a compelling economic or strategic interest forces it. See: Syria, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Congo, North Korea, etc. On the flip side, the US ignores atrocities in China and Russia because they buy lots of our exports, have massive militaries, fund (and cause a lot of) our debt, and provide cheap labor, oil, and other things we want.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 16, 2014 3:25:03 AM

  19. Many Scandinavian countries ended their financial support to Uganda because of this horrible law. They made the right decision.

    How is this possible in 2014? Isn't there anyone to help those men and others like them, gays, I mean?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 16, 2014 4:16:22 AM

  20. It's interesting that this anti-gay law seems to be more of an anti-male thing than an anti-female thing. Why aren't the authorities also prosecuting female homosexuals?

    Posted by: roger | Mar 16, 2014 4:39:17 AM

  21. Tired of global abuses against LGBT people?
    Please consider sending/posting a

    Further details can still be found at:

    Posted by: Stephen Mead | Mar 16, 2014 9:42:08 AM

  22. Turns out Fred Phelps isn't near death, after all. At least not in spirit, huh?

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 16, 2014 12:09:57 PM

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