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Suspicious Burglary at Ugandan Gay Rights Organization

Suspicious Burglary at Ugandan Gay Rights Organization

 

Freedom to Roam Uganda (FARUG), a key LGBT rights organization in the country, suffered a suspicious break in last week where the group’s membership database was stolen.

LGBT rights advocates fear the database may now be used by violent anti-gay groups to persecute LGBTs.

From Behind the Mask:

Activist Jacqueline Kasha (pictured) said the break in was “unfortunate.”¯ She said it was not easy to establish the intentions of the suspected burglars.

“It seems they were looking for information and data. These are not ordinary thieves,”¯ Kasha said.  The burglars left behind cash in a donation glass in the lobby of the organization untouched. They also did not touch a new television set in the organisation’s resource centre.

The group’s leader Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera,  who may be familiar to readers as she was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in May, also gave the following details in a statement from Kampala:

“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that FARUG offices were broken into on Saturday night. Five computers, two printers, server, microwave and some docs including the members electronic database were stolen.”

“A jerrican of acid, one computer, all padlocks 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 wrote.

[H/t to Paul Canning over at LGBT Asylum News.]

Police are said to be investigating the burglary, though how thoroughly they will examine the matter is unknown given the police force’s lack of attention in other cases involving LGBTs, most notably the murder of prominent LGBT rights advocate David Kato.

FARUG was established in 2003 as a group dedicated to defending the human rights of lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex women in Uganda.

Earlier this year a local tabloid began publishing lists of LGBTs and their addresses until a local human rights judge ordered an end to the public outings.

This comes as politicians once again move to consider Uganda’s now infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, legislation that would mean the death penalty for repeat offenders. Read more here.

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3:48AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

I'm speechless.

Now it's come to some kind of WAR where we do RECONNAISSANCE?

Those people should be ashamed.

It's one thing to be disrespectful, it's another thing to hate, and THIS is a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

2:53PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Someone should steal the damn chicken off the flag, and maybe raid the offices of the government perverts pushing the 'murder-the-gays-bill'. We should consider declaring all homophobes from Uganda international war criminals and haul them off to Nuremburg for trial... I hope whoever did the burglary gets bit with every single hard computer virus there is, negating any data theft from the LBGT organisation and taking delicious if nonlethal revenge on them and destroying their cause while promoting the LGBT peer cause. The UN should abandon the 'small arms treaty' and draft an 'anti homophobia treaty'.

11:42AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

What is America doing to help these people?

7:15PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

"suspicious burglary"? Oh, last time my house was burglarized maybe it wasn't suspicious? Like there are burglaries that Aren't?

6:16PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Just goes to show you how low the "righteous" will stoop to accomplish their mission.

9:43AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Find out how u can support Ugandan lgbt group FARUG whose office was wrecked here > http://bit.ly/r7jHxi

4:09PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Boycotting Uganda is a great idea, but I don't think anyone is really going there to begin with. I don't think they export anything that we can boycott either.

2:53PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

The whole anti-gay agenda is based on the fact that the government failed totally to control the HIV epidemic. So in an attempt to control it they used gay people as scapegoats. Though the people who are promoting it have an agenda and they are getting it from some Christian groups in the USA.

2:48PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Why are people so afraid of LGBT people? These are not acquired diseases! This is not a lifestyle choice! LGBT people were born that way! People are people the world over, although you might question that premise when it comes to those perpetrating violence against others. After reading about the penalties etc in Uganda's pending law, it has to be, along with some Arab countries, the worst place to be. Any country which does not support LGBT rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness needs to come out of the dark ages and into the 21st century.

2:46PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Why are people so afraid of LGBT people? These are not acquired diseases! This is not a lifestyle choice! LGBT people were born that way! People are people the world over, although you might question that premise when it comes to those perpetrating violence against others. After reading about the penalties etc in Uganda's pending law, it has to be, along with some Arab countries, the worst place to be. Any country which does not support LGBT rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness needs to come out of the dark ages and into the 21st century.

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