US embassy condemns Uganda for forcing cancellation of Pride
The US embassy in Uganda has condemned the forced cancellation of a Pride event.
Uganda Pride, which had been expected to take place this month, was cancelled abruptly over the weekend, as LGBT activists said they had been warned they faced arrest if the event went ahead.
In an article for the Guardian, one of the event’s organisers Frank Mugisha said it had been “crushed” after threats from Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity Simon Lokodo.
Lokodo has previously publicly threatened to arrest anyone who celebrates LGBT rights in public.
Under Uganda’s archaic penal code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.
A harsher anti-gay law was signed into law in 2013, but it was later thrown out by the country’s Supreme Court on technical grounds.
In a statement, the US Embassy in the country slammed the Ugandan government.
The statement, released by US Ambassador Deborah R. Malac, reads: “The U.S. is disappointed with reports that the Ugandan government has forced the cancellation of LGBTI Pride Week events.
“Under Uganda’s constitution, all individuals and organisations have right to associate freely in private and in public, without fear.
“It is responsibility of the Govt to ensure that human rights of all citizens, including LGBTI citizens, are respected and protected.”
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