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Uganda judge: Government should ‘infiltrate’ gay groups to prevent recruiting of children

Thursday, June 28, 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan judge this week said that the country’s security and interior ministries should “infiltrate” gay rights groups to ascertain if children are being “recruited into homosexuality.”

During opening arguments Monday in a lawsuit brought against a government minister by Ugandan LGBT activists, Justice Eldad Mwangushya of the Court of High Court said that rather than prohibiting LGBT people from holding meetings, ministry uncover operatives sould attend the meetings and hear what the “homosexuals” are discussing.

The suit was brought against Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo for forcing the closure of a LGBT advocacy workshop in February.

Frank Mugisha, a 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award recipient, and activists Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera, Julian Pepe Onziema and Geoffrey Ogwaro petitioned the Ugandan High court to pronounce that Lokodo’s closure of the workshop on Feb. 14, 2012 in Entebbe violated their freedom of assembly guaranteed under the Ugandan constitution.

The complaint reads in part: “That the action of the minister to order the closing of the workshop while no other workshop taking place at the same venue was closed was arbitrary and unjustified and constituted an infringement of the applicants’ and other participants’ right equal treatment before the law under article 21 of the constitution.”

Lokodo, who led the raid personally, accused the activists of recruiting children into the “homosexual lifestyle.”

On June 18, Lokodo forced his way into another meeting, this one was being convened by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders, a local Ugandan organization and arrested the participants.

“I have got a record of meetings that they have held to empower, enhance and recruit [homosexuals],” Lokodo told reporters at the time. “I have investigated and established beyond reasonable doubt that these groups have been involved in the promotion and recruitment in terms of the ‘gay’ issues.”

Mugisha, who leads the underground group called Sexual Minorities Uganda, blames U.S. evangelical activists in particular for stoking fears and promoting homophobia with a 2009 visit and conference on “rehabilitation” for gays in Uganda. Since then, violence against gays has increased, he said.

Attorneys for the activists, led Elasdius Rwakafuuzi, requested that Judge Mwangushya issue an injunction restraining Lokodo from closing future gathering of LGBT advocacy groups.

Uganda is a largely conservative society where “homosexual acts” are illegal, and where LGBT people have faced physical attacks, losing their jobs and social rejection.

Uganda’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill — dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill — was reintroduced in parliament earlier this year. The original version of the bill, first introduced in 2009, included harsh penalties, including the the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. WHat hallucinogens are these people using?

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:13pm
  2. waaat?!? why cant ppl just get along.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:13pm
  3. savages

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:14pm
  4. oh but they cant infiltrate army groups to prevent them from recruiting child soldiers

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:14pm
  5. wow the nerve of these people

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:14pm
  6. clearly WE are the ones soooooo concerned about influencing children. REALLY?

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:15pm
  7. for gods sake, their country’s flag has a COCK on it!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:16pm
  8. another jackass spewing his hatred.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:16pm
  9. Yet, the coercion, harassment, and recruitment into the heterosexual lifestyle, basically what they are doing, is completely okay.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:17pm
  10. WTF with this ignorants!

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:17pm
  11. Doesn’t everyone know we recruit :)

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:19pm
  12. ive seen these people stone men to death for being gay and murder their daughters for being lesbians.Savages is a fitting word for such behavior.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:24pm
  13. Unfortunately,most African cultures are highly homo/trans/phobic. Even here in Brazil,the Afro-Brazilian cults seem to show more tolerance but actually,the original African cults have deep homophobia,killing gays in Nigeria and the other countries they come from.If anyone wants to take a look at how true Vodoo pratitioners view homosexuality,trans,etc just read http://newafrikanvodun.com/afrikanspirituality.html

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:25pm
  14. And this is why Uganda will forever be a thrid world country.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:27pm
  15. as long as I’ve lived, the stupidity of people still stuns me.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:27pm
  16. Oh no…they’re finally on to us…

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:28pm
  17. Fuck. Ignorant idiots suck.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:30pm
  18. This could actually be a good thing. They’d learn the truth– that they aren’t trying to recruit children. We can only hope they won’t get bloodthirsty and make up something just to get people killed.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:31pm
  19. ^Truth.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:42pm
  20. Seems legit.

    Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:43pm
  21. They really are clueless aren’t they.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12:00am
  22. So messed up.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12:12am
  23. Of the shit they make the kids do, they think this is right.
    Fucking double standards.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:43am
  24. Find out what you are talking about before you speak. Idiots.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:33am