Uganda minister’s remarks against LGBTI people amount to advocacy of hatred

Press Release
August 8, 2016

Uganda minister’s remarks against LGBTI people amount to advocacy of hatred

Reacting to threats by Uganda’s Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo that he will suppress the activities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights activists and “rehabilitate” LGBTI people, Amnesty International said:

“The minister’s remarks coming only a few days after police assaulted peaceful attendees at a private LGBTI Pride event in Kampala are hugely irresponsible and are tantamount to advocacy of hatred and incitement to discrimination,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“The Ugandan government should be working to bring to account those responsible for the criminal attack that left one person hospitalized with serious injuries, and dozens more injured, instead of condoning these attacks and inciting further hostility against LGBTI people.”

Background

In his remarks today in Kampala, Lokodo publicly backed the police raid on August 4 on a nightclub last Thursday in which LGBTI people were beaten and undressed.

Lokodo told journalists that his office was also developing a program to “rehabilitate” LGBTI people “with the ultimate aim of giving them a chance to live normal lives again.”

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