View Full Version : Gay Rights Activist Beaten To Death in Home

Ziggy Starduck
Jan 27th, 2011, 11:28 PM
One of Uganda's most high-profile gay rights activists has been bludgeoned to death in his home after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed.

Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing David Kato's home in the capital Kampala, shortly before the activist's body was found.

Mr Kato worked for the Sexual Minorities Uganda rights group and was one of a team of activists who took action against the country's Rolling Stone newspaper.

The tabloid had been running a campaign naming and showing photos of people it claimed were homosexual, and last year it carried a picture of Mr Kato on its front page along with a headline reading "Hang them".

Three weeks ago, Uganda's High Court granted a permanent injunction stopping the newspaper from carrying on its outing campaign.

Amnesty International has expressed shock at Mr Kato's death.

"The human rights community, the diplomatic community, all of us are in absolute shock and trying to find out as much information as we can so that whatever responses we take, including security of the rest of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, is the appropriate action," spokeswoman Michelle Kagari said.

Mr Kato and other activists had warned of increased harassment since the court ruling.

Ms Kagari says homophobia in Uganda has been on the rise largely because of action being taken by political leaders and a number of church evangelists.

"The climate right now and for the last year and a half has been of increasing hostility," she said.

"We've had members of churches coming out very strongly against homosexuality and we've had the tabloid newspapers publishing pictures and details of perceived homosexuals, and the latest, which was the Rolling Stone tabloid, was actively calling for them to be hanged."

An anti-homosexuality bill currently before parliament calls for gays and lesbians to be jailed for life.

Local media in Uganda is yet to report on Mr Kato's murder. His funeral will take place tomorrow.

Human rights organisations are calling for a real and substantive investigation into his killing.

This is 1000 different types of awful :sad:

Jan 28th, 2011, 12:22 AM
Classy. And obviously there's not going to be any investigation.

Jan 28th, 2011, 12:43 AM
no words.

Jan 28th, 2011, 07:00 AM
It all boils down to religion. Add to that highly uneducated people and this is what happens.
I am in tears over this. Why can't people just let people live their lives????

Jan 28th, 2011, 07:09 AM
that's why world still have war.

they never understand other people.

May 11th, 2011, 03:34 PM
Uganda may shelve 'Kill the Gays' bill (for now)
By Laura Conaway - Wed May 11, 2011 9:39 AM EDT


"A day after police sprayed pink gunk on people protesting the re-election of permanent President Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan parliament appears on the verge of dropping the bill that would punish gay people with execution. The bill has been taken off today's legislative agenda, reports MSNBC:

The future of the bill remained murky. Wednesday was parliament's last scheduled day of session, and President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled on Thursday to be sworn in after his February re-election. It wasn't clear if the bill could be carried forward to the next session or if the bill's author would have to offer a new bill, which he has said he will do if needed.

One Ugandan lawmaker said the bill may have been dropped in response to an international outcry. This one seems likely to come back at some point, maybe even soon. For months now, legislator David Bahati has continued to bring the bill forward despite condemnation from outside countries. Mr. Bahati may yet win the bill's passage. It's not clear whether President Museveni would sign it. But when your side shows the world the kind of brutality we saw yesterday, then your side is losing."

The petition to stop this law has been circling the internet for some time now. In case anyone wants to sign it, here it is:

May 11th, 2011, 03:44 PM
God loves, man kills.

The Witch-king
May 11th, 2011, 04:50 PM

May 13th, 2011, 06:55 AM
It all boils down to religion. Add to that highly uneducated people and this is what happens.
I am in tears over this. Why can't people just let people live their lives????

This is cultural, not religious. Even then, the majority of people are born with a certainly level of morals that keep them from beating people to death even if their culture wouldn't overly frown on it.

But there are plenty of Christian cultures with liberal attitudes towards homosexuality.

May 13th, 2011, 07:22 AM