Authorities Shut Down LGBT Rights Conference in Uganda

Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, Orders Police Raid

On February 14th the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission became aware of reports that a conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights activists, organized by Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), was declared illegal by Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo. Lokodo reportedly accompanied police to the hotel where the conference was hosted in Entebbe, Uganda and ordered officers to evacuate the hotel, causing activists in attendance to flee.

Early reports of the raid speculated that Kasha Jacqueline Nabagasera, one of the conference organizers, was arrested. Later reports confirmed that all conference attendees and organizers safely departed the conference grounds.

Statement from Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

"The hits never stop. Uganda continues to characterize itself as a country in which government officials act in flagrant violation of the rule of law for their own personal and political purposes. The attempts by conservative political and religious leaders—both Ugandan and American—have failed to silence the likes of Kasha Jacqueline and Frank Mugisha. So the homophobes resort to state thuggery. Enough already."

Amnesty International and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) have also issued statements in response to this incident.

Read Amnesty International's Press Release Uganda: Government raid on LGBT-rights workshop »

Download SMUG's Press Release »