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Ugandan LGBT counselor arrested for homosexuality, ‘recruiting’ youth

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda — Police in Uganda on Monday arrested an LGBT youth counselor under laws which prohibit unnatural carnal acts — a definition which is widely understood to include homosexuality and “recruiting youth into homosexuality.”

Joseph Kaweesi, executive director and co-founder of the Kampala-based LGBT group “Youth on Rock Foundation,” was taken in custody Monday afternoon and was being held at the Kawempe police station.

LGBTQ equality activists are pointing out that while current Ugandan law calls for criminal penalization of homosexual acts, including “carnal knowledge or defilement,” there are no statues addressing “recruitment” of homosexuals.

Prominent South African civil rights attorney and journalist Melanie Nathan called Kaweesi’s arrest a preemptive strike prior to passage of the pending anti-homosexuality bill — dubbed the “Kill The Gays” bill — which was introduced into the Ugandan Parliament, but has yet to pass.

“The arrest may be political as anti-gay catalysts for the Bill try and drum up more support for its passage. Although there is an existing law which people can be charged under for “carnal knowledge or defilement,” there is currently no law that speaks to the so called “recruitment” of homosexuals. While we all know such is impossible to do, the Ugandan AHB seeks to make the misnomer a crime.

If Kaweesi’s charges are pursued the facts may be difficult to prove and certainly the aspect of “recruitment” could be thrown out by a competent court of law.”

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.

In November , Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, promised passage of a revised anti-homosexuality bill, providing for harsher penalties against suspected LGBT people and anyone who fails to report them to authorities, including long-term imprisonment and the death penalty for what the law terms “repeat offenders.”

The bill is due to be put to a vote when Parliament reconvenes in its next session, sometime later this month.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Stupid, cut their aid and starve them

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:34pm
  2. Oh no!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:34pm
  3. Twisted government.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:34pm
  4. Stupid much? What fucking idiots. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:35pm
  5. what do you expect from a country with a damn chicken on its flag

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:38pm
  6. Revolution needed

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:40pm
  7. Holy Shit!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:42pm
  8. I will never understand black homophobes…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:44pm
  9. sign and circulate for french law against bishop lobby http://t.co/hZpDDgk8

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:47pm
  10. This is a very sad development. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:47pm
  11. Gentle reminder here – there are homophobic people, laws and practices in every country, not just African Countries and there are white people who are also homophobic. Having a chicken on a flag is not appropriate justification for disrespecting a country. The white European colonialists, especially the English, brought a lot of homophobic laws with them and this mindset is still in effect.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:04pm
  12. dirty fucking monkeys

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:07pm
  13. Hope this is not an indication of what will happen in parliament

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:12pm
  14. It’s just another example of discrimination. Equality for all people. Why is that so hard to understand ?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:22pm
  15. … Really?!? stupid, Stupid, STUPID!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:28pm
  16. Now is the time to do everything possible to end this discrimination against LGBT persons that may lead to passage of the “kill the gays” legislation. Cut off all sources of funding and aid to this country now!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5:48pm
  17. Stand up agianst this inhumane country!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 7:23pm
  18. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8:58pm