Uganda: Freedom for the 44!

Ugandan police arrested 44 people at an LGBT+ shelter outside the country's capital of Kampala. While out on bail, they are now awaiting their trial and could face severe punishment. We are calling on the authorities to drop any charges made against them.

On May 31, 44 people were rounded up and arrested during a raid on what authorities claimed was a gay wedding held at the Happy Family Youth Shelter near Kampala, Uganda. 

While officially the detained were charged with violating lockdown orders, it is clear the authorities have yet again used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to harass the LGBT+ community.

Some of the arrested were forced to undergo anal examinations – a practice with no scientific value and a form of sexual abuse – to determine whether or not they are gay. Others reported having been insulted and beaten by the police officers. Several reported they have not received their confiscated personal belongings back.

This is not the first time Ugandan police have used the pandemic to harass LGBT+ people. In March 2020, 23 people were arrested at the Children of the Sun Foundation, an LGBT+ homeless shelter on the outskirts of Kampala.

With the help of our legal partners, we have been able to get the 44 released on bail. But they’re not safe yet. Their trial is coming up in the next few weeks, and they could face severe punishment and penalties. 

We demand the authorities drop any charges made against them, and we call on them to respect the rights of all Ugandans and to end the harassment of the LGBT+ community.

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To the authorities of Uganda:

44 people were rounded up and arrested during a raid at the Happy Family Youth Shelter near Kampala, Uganda. Several of the detained were forced to undergo anal examinations, a practice, the United Nations declared, amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. 

We demand you immediately drop any charges made against them.

We also call on you to respect the rights of all Ugandans and to end the continuous harassment of the LGBT+ community.

Happy Family Youth Uganda has come up with the following measures:

– To relocate individuals who were self-dependent before the raid,
– To relocate our shelter and office,
– Psycho-social support to the arrested individuals,
– To put more security cameras, and alarm systems in place,
– Capacity building for arrested members,
– Physical and digital security training for all the 44 people.

We're looking forward to your emergency assistance and/or support to the victims' wellbeing.


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