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Amnesty International condemns targeting of LGBT people in Uganda
Amnesty International condemns targeting of LGBT people in Uganda
Amnesty International today strongly condemned the ongoing targeting and intimidation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda. The organization is particularly concerned by reports of harassment against LGBT people in the past week. These reports come after the Red Pepper magazine published a list of the names of several men the magazine claimed are Gay.

Amnesty International received reports that in at least three cases, people named by the Red Pepper magazine subsequently suffered harassment from and were ostracized by colleagues and families. The Red Pepper magazine published the list on August 8, 2006.

Amnesty International condemns the publication of this article as it encourages discrimination and puts those named at a high risk of violence. Furthermore, Amnesty International is concerned that those named may be arrested on the basis of their alleged sexual orientation and could face humiliating and degrading treatment in custody.

This new development adds to a pattern of abuse against the rights of LGBT people who have repeatedly been targeted by the Ugandan authorities. Amnesty International is concerned that the Ugandan government's criminalization of homosexuality, as provided for in the Ugandan the Penal Code (art. 140, 141, 143), is providing the legal grounds on which these abuses are allowed to happen.

Amnesty International called on the Ugandan government to respect the provisions on equality and freedom of discrimination enshrined in its constitution and its commitment to the right of privacy and non-discrimination, as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) [articles 2 and 26]. The ICCPR provides that States cannot curtail the enjoyment of human rights on the basis of sexual orientation. The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors states' implementation of the ICCPR, has urged states not only to repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality but also to enshrine the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation into their constitutions or other fundamental laws.

For more information, please visit: www.amnestyusa.org.

A Amnesty International press release
 

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