Ugandan gay rights group has computers, member list stolen

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A Ugandan gay rights group is urging police to fully investigate a burglary at its offices.

Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), which has offices in Kampala, was broken into on Saturday night.

Group leader Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera said that five computers were stolen – including documents containing lists of members.

Two printers, a server and a microwave were also taken. No one was in the office at the time.

Ms Nabagesera wrote: “A jerrican of acid, one computer, all paddlocks filled with acid and a huge metallic pipe were left in the compound. The office lines were also taken and thus we shall only be able to be contacted on our personal phones and the office mobile hotline.”

She added: “The mood is very low, trauma and worries are filled with members [sic]. We also thank those that have helped thus far, sending words of encouragement and also those that have visited us since Saturday.”

The group is asking supporters to pressure police to investigate before evidence is destroyed and says that as yet, no officers have been to see the crime scene.

FARUG is launching a campaign against hate crime this week. Ms Nabagesera said the initiative would go ahead.

Uganda has strict laws against homosexuality and gays and lesbians often face harassment and persecution.