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Second gay youth worker arrested in Uganda on charges of homosexuality

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In a heightened ramp up of persecution of gay Ugandans, a second man has been arrested while visiting a co-worker who had been taken into custody on Monday and charged with crimes relating to homosexuality.

Kabuye Najibu was arrested on Tuesday while visiting Joseph Kaweesi, executive director and co-founder of the Kampala-based LGBT group “Youth on Rock Foundation,” reported prominent South African civil rights attorney and journalist Melanie Nathan.

According to Nathan, Najibu — who also works at the “Youth on Rock Foundation” — was arrested and charged with “carnal knowledge (homosexuality)” and “recruiting youth into homosexuality.”

A third man, whose identity as not been revealed, was with Najibu at the time, but managed to escape arrest.

Nathan reports that the Ugandan human rights defenders are being targeted by police through Facebook posts, which may be used as evidence to convict the accused.

Bail has not been set and the two are currently still being held with no trial date set.

Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal in Uganda – under its penal code “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.

Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill, would reportedly penalize “aggravated homosexuality” — consensual same-sex acts committed by “repeat offenders,” anyone who is in a position of power, is HIV-positive, or uses intoxicating agents i.e. alcohol in the process — with capital punishment.

The bill has yet to gain parliamentary approval, but will still be up for consideration when lawmakers return in February.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. That is complete and utter bullshit. >:(((((

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:04pm
  2. Stupidity beyond belief!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:07pm
  3. where is the UN & why do they not intervene on such atrocities as this??

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:07pm
  4. This is horrible and thanks to the work of the religious right here to influence the Uganda government. Horrendous!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:15pm
  5. Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:28pm
  6. I say we Americans unite and protest for our Uganda GLBT brothers and sisters…we need to get the word out what is going on and send a message we will not stand for this. The Religious Right here is responsible for supporting these horrendous legal actions.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:28pm
  7. Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:32pm
  8. Where is UN action against this insanity and why haven’t the U.S. and EU spoken out against this?!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:15pm
  9. I agree Ian and dammit I demand that we cut off every penny of aide given to this goverment and have Sanctions immediately in place. This is no different than what the Nazi’s did and the American religious right who have been funneling money to this country in support of the “Kill the gays” bill should be charged with attempted murder on another country’s population. We should all be outraged over this!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:35pm