UGANDA: LGBT activist David Kato murdered
In 2007, members of CPT's Great Lakes team met with David Kato and two of his colleagues at Sexual Minorities Uganda. His murder on 26 January 2011 is a significant loss to the LGBT community in East Africa. Kato was an outspoken activist and faced numerous threats to his life, the most recent after he successfully sued a Kampala newspaper for publishing his (and othersâ€™) photos with a message that they should be hanged. His funeral took place on 28 January. An obituary is available here. â€¨
Messages of support and solidarity for SMUG can be sent to email@example.com. CPT has maintained contact with SMUG since the team's earlier visit. â€¨â€¨
A Human Rights Watch release about the murder notes, "Kato was the advocacy officer for the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda. He had been a leading voice in the fight against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has been before Uganda's parliament since October 15, 2009. While homosexual sex is already illegal in Uganda, the proposed law would criminalize all homosexuality, making it punishable by a fine and life imprisonment. â€˜Repeat offendersâ€™ and those who are HIV positive would be subject to the death penalty. The bill would also oblige anyone with knowledge of someone who is or might be a homosexual to report that person to the police within twenty-four hours."
The police deny his murder has any relation to his sexual orientation or activism.
Please take the time to write to the authorities below (particularly the Inspector General of Police) urging a full and impartial investigation into his death and demanding that his queer friends and colleagues be given the protection they deserve as many of them continue to receive death threats. In your letter, feel free to also address your concerns regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.General of Police â€¨Major General Kale Kayihuraâ€¨ Uganda Police Force, â€¨ Nsambya Police Headquarters â€¨PO BOX 7055, â€¨Kampala, â€¨Ugandaâ€¨ Fax: + 256 414 342 985 â€¨Salutation: Dear Major Generalâ€¨â€¨
Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Ali Kirunda Kivejinjaâ€¨ Ministry of Internal Affairs â€¨PO Box 7191, â€¨Kampala, â€¨Uganda â€¨ Fax: + 256 414 343 088â€¨ Salutation: Dear Minister
â€¨Ambassade de la RÃ©publique de l'Ouganda; â€¨ Rue Antoine Carteret 6bis; â€¨1202 GenÃ¨ve. â€¨Fax: 022 340 70 30â€¨E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgâ€¨â€¨
Also, in Canada:
Uganda High Commission in Canada 231 Cobourg Streetâ€¨ Ottawa, Ontarioâ€¨ K1N 8J2 CANADA
Tel: 613.789.7797â€¨Fax: 613.789.8909â€¨ Email: email@example.com
and in the USAâ€¨His Excellency Professorâ€¨Perezi K. Kamunanwire â€¨Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary â€¨firstname.lastname@example.org