The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya strongly condemns the arrest, harassment and hunt of Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) individuals in Uganda.
On Wednesday, 10th September, 2008, police arrested 2 Female to Male transgender individuals in Kampala. The two individuals are still in custody and are being held without charge. They have been denied bail. Moreover, the Police and CID are now on the hunt for other LGBTI individuals in Uganda.
The two transgender individuals have been held without charge for much longer than 48 hours. This is expressly against their right to quick and fair trial. The hunt that the Police have set out on for LGBTI individuals in Uganda is also a grave and detestable human rights abuse. It is a targeting of a vulnerable minority group and must not be allowed to go on any longer. It is against the fundamental human rights of the LGBTI community in Uganda including the right to freedom of conscience, freedom of association and their human dignity. LGBTI individuals are human beings, they are citizens of their country and deserve the same protection of law and respect of their human rights as any other citizens.
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) stands in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community. GALCK calls upon:
- The Ugandan president to ensure that the national and international human rights covenants thatUganda has ratified are upheld in this case.
- The Ugandan Police to IMMEDIATELY and unconditionally release the two transgender individuals in custody with no charge.
- The Ugandan Police and CID to stop the witch-hunt that is going on for LGBTI individuals in Uganda.
- The Ugandan Police and Government to cease and desist from this continued harassment of the LGBTI community in Uganda.
- The civil society and diplomatic community in Uganda to stand up in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI individuals and speak up against these shameless homophobic attacks and targeting.
Shameful and shocking human rights abuses such as are being perpetrated against the LGBTI community in Uganda right now can not be condoned. This persecution of LGBTI individuals must stop immediately.
Published on September 19, 2008 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization