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Ugandan Gay Rights Activists Lose Case To Ethics And Integrity Minister Who Stormed Meeting

SimonLokodoIn 2012, several gay rights activists were holding a workshop when Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo (right), accompanied by police officers, broke it up. The activists filed suit against Lokodo and now, two years later, they've lost. It is an unsurprising but upsetting reminder of just how little the LGBT community of Uganda has left to hold on to since the passage of heinous anti-gay laws late last year.

ENCA reports:

"We lost on all grounds," gay activist Jacqueline Kasha, one of the team who had brought the case against the minister, told AFP.

Lokodo raided the workshop in February 2012 in the Ugandan town of Entebbe flanked by police, saying he had broken up the meeting as the "conscience of this country."

At the time, Amnesty International condemned the raid as "an outrageous attempt to prevent lawful and peaceful activities of human rights defenders in Uganda."

Our condolences and well wishes to the activists.

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  1. What can we do about this? What can we do to help our brothers and sisters in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa? Write your Congressional representatives. Write the State Dept. Write the Attorney General. Write President Obama. Write the UN Human Rights Council. Something has to be done before the genocide begins.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 25, 2014 3:12:56 PM

  2. JAMAL49, the 'final solution' is already in motion. Countries that support their LGBTs won't go to war over this, which is what it would take, just like with the Nazis. But that won't happen, because countries that support their LGBTs don't value them THAT much.

    Unfortunately there is no hope for LGBT Ugandans. The most we can hope for is that the final solution doesn't spread to North America in the same way, as anti-gay groups want SO BADLY.

    Since LGBTs in Uganda have no hope, I say carpet-bomb the whole country. At least the lives and deaths of LGBTs won't be so torturous and drawn-out.

    The only way to wipe-out the frothing homophobia is to REALLY WIPE IT OUT. But that won't happen. So buckle-up because it's going to be a real blood bath for LGBTs.

    Posted by: Deth | Jun 25, 2014 3:24:12 PM

  3. Id love to smack that smug look off his dammed face

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 25, 2014 3:40:34 PM

  4. Political asylum for LGBT from countries like Uganda. After all it is granted to dissidents and threatened minorities -- it seems this would apply. Blanket amnesty from any country with anti-gay laws.

    Posted by: Vincent | Jun 25, 2014 3:46:03 PM

  5. We're one election away from having Uganda in the USA.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jun 25, 2014 4:20:17 PM

  6. @ DETH :

    Many of us feel your emotion and rage.
    JAMAL 49 tells us what we can do.

    But I tell you now that if such repression ever came to me, I will be going to no camp for no final solution.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 25, 2014 4:28:26 PM

  7. He looks like a dog kong toy.

    Posted by: Mike85 | Jun 25, 2014 5:08:22 PM

  8. Shame your representatives who are doing nothing on this.

    The goal should be a blanket BAN on anyone doing business with, or sending charity to, anti-gay countries that are getting worse.

    The punishment should be a fine of ten times the amount, plus prison.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 25, 2014 7:54:26 PM

  9. What is it about Africa that is has ZERO leaders who understand what civil rights are. Not one leader that isn't corrupt. Not one leader who's only about himself and his cronies? ????

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jun 25, 2014 11:49:56 PM

  10. The difference between Nazi Germany and modern Uganda is that Nazi Germany did not rely on foreign aid. It was a thriving economy and burgeoning superpower. If we boycott aid from the country and put pressure economically in other ways their leaders will have no choice. Just ask the people what they want: A few gay people living their lives, or people starving in the streets?

    Posted by: AFFICIONADO | Jun 26, 2014 7:05:07 AM

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