Ugandan Ethics Minister Raids Gay Rights Conference


Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, reportedly broke up a gay rights conference on Tuesday and ordered the arrest of a prominent LGBT rights figure.

The conference, organized by group Freedom and Roam Uganda, was underway at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe when MP Lokodo is said to have sent police in to break up the workshop.

Via the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association:

The two week conference organised by Freedom and Roam Uganda, an association that lobbies for the recognition of same sex relationships in Uganda, ended prematurely when the minister ordered them to disperse.

“I have closed this conference because it’s illegal. We do not accept homosexuality in Uganda. So go back home,” Minister Lokodo told the participants.

Hotel staff had been asked by the organisers not to direct anyone to Elgon hall where the conference was taking place unless the person had been cleared. This would have required a phone call from the organisers.

The Minister said the hotel’s management apologized for hosting the event.

The two week residential conference is believed to have attracted around 30 participants and was due to close on February 14.

Minister Lokodo is also said to have ordered the arrest of prominent LGBT rights campaigner Kasha Jacqueline Nabagasera, the winner of the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, who had been present at the event. Reports suggest she escaped capture. The reason as to why Nabagasera was wanted for arrest remains unclear, though in a country that actively criminalizes homosexuality this may be cause for concern.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General is quoted as saying about the news: “This is an outrageous attempt to prevent lawful and peaceful activities of human rights defenders in Uganda.

This raid follows closely MP David Bahati once again introducing his now infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 that, contrary to popular reports, still contains the death penalty provision.

Alongside the death penalty, the bill holds several enhancements of Uganda’s already strict anti-gay laws, including provisions to jail anyone who doesn’t report suspected gay people within 24 hours and a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality so open-ended that it would endanger HIV/AIDS treatment and sexual health clinics in the country, and could effectively exclude gay people from petitioning the courts by making those representing them liable for criminal action.

To read more about the history of the bill, click here to view Care2′s past coverage.


Related Reading:

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David P.
David P.3 years ago

It is unlikely that a dodo bird might still be found somewhere in the Amazon when it evolved in Madagascar and was destroyed within years of Europeans learning of its existence because it was so tame they could walk up to it and it had the misfortune to be delicious.

As for religion being good for humanity you first have to ask which religion and which god. Even within religions there are sects that cannot agree on their dogma. Religion has been used throughout history to control and destroy. Your first problem is to demonstrate there is such a thing as a god. That is still moot.

Jude Hand
Judith Hand3 years ago

I'd like to see an article on this topic with more objective reporting. (This is my third, so far). There's a lot going on here and it's worthy of a serious read.

Aravis O.
.4 years ago

contd 2

So God is willing & able. You just have to obey him. How can God protect anyone if they do not trust him & follow his directions? When he says turn right, you turn left...into evil. What is he supposed to do?

Aravis O.
.4 years ago


It is said that dodo birds are extinct (note the phrasing). There may be some village buried in the Amazon whose daily meal is dodo birds. So what you beklive to be non-existant may be a child's playmate in some other country. Those of you in these large developed countries believe that you know it all. You are the "wise" Seneca spoke about. But growing up in Africa it was common to play with the spirits. In Haiti it is the same. What you think do not exist guided us. You are so ignorant in the ways of the spiritual that it is just laughable.

Any person who do not know God will ask stupid questions about him. God is not a human. The human brain perceive God as a grey-haired old man sitting on a cloud in the sky working magic. The answer to Epicurus is simple. God crfeated man & he gave us the option to direct our own lives. It is called free will. The negative of that free will is that there are consequences fo our actions that we also have to live with. We cannot expect to take heroin when you are pregnant & when the baby born dead, you blame God.

But I will end by saying this. If God had created us & given us no rules or laws & he rfused to prevent evil when he could, then he would be malevolent. But he did not do this. He gave us very clear guidelines that pssed down thru EVERY generation that have ever existed. He gave us that manual. A manual that you are rejecting. YOU CHOOSE to ignore those guidelines & make your own. So God is will

Aravis O.
.4 years ago


As I said, you are brainwashed. Seneca Younger had it partially right. The only part I differ on is the usage of the word "wise". But the word "wise" in those days translated to the rich & educated. I do find that those who are educated in certain areas & who are affluent do reject the existance of God. But you should be aware that those people are also the furthest removed from Nature & the earth. The common man are the ones who can relate better to God as their senses are not dulled by ego, wealth, vanity & opulance. This was partly what Jesus meant when he said that it is easier for a camel to go thru a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But is education wisdom? I think not. There are many wee-educated people who are downright stupid. And that is why earlier I spoke about the 10yr old uneducated child in Africa who can command the demon astaroth while educated grey-haired men with doctorates pontificate that God & demons do not exist. Wisdom is very objective.

I argue with you out of boredom for I know that you will not see reason. You just dont understand that noone can ever say that something do not exist. I keep saying that all it takes is one reliable source to say 'I have seen it" to dispell non-existance. Only a fool would argue that something do not exist, & that goes for anything at all. There are so many creatures thought long extinct that were found recently. It is said that dodo birds are extinct

Joel Hawthorne
Joel Hawthorne4 years ago

@Aravis O - I left out the observation that your Fox News account of criminal activity is not supported by the facts. Brutal crime is not on the rise. Crime generally is decreasing especially brutal crime. If you follow The National Enquirer for your crime statistics you might not think so.

This may change as poverty grows in the waning days of the American Empire but thus far violent personal crime is trending downwards. And of course wherever the "Drug War" raises its ugly head crime increases. (The Drug War being an alliance between the international drug cartels and the international criminal justice industrial complex to protect their respective domains of influence.)

Crime increasing is part of the "Be Afraid" mantra of the ruling elites designed to make people malleable and obedient, compliant and docile. Works pretty damn well too.

Joel Hawthorne
Joel Hawthorne4 years ago

@Aravis O

I agree completely that religion has played a leading role in the pacification of humanity. That is its primary function. Seneca the Younger had it right back in 65 A.D.: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." You seem to have at least some understanding of this.

Epicurus, who lived around 300 BC summed up the debate about god most succinctly: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? "

And again your saying that we are just as brutish as we always were is again just not supported by the facts. Burning cats used to be a public entertainment as were savage executions disemboweling and dismembering people who crossed the powerful. Now people think it disgusting not amusing (most people, most of the time.) Studies (I know you don't believe in studies unless they agree with your ideology) have demonstrated that ethics and good behaviour do not have any necessary connection with religious belief.

Joel Hawthorne
Joel Hawthorne4 years ago

@Aravis O part 2

You are a concatenation of anti-science, anti-intellectual, ahistorical beliefs mixed with the occasional accurate observation or intuition all cobbled together with an authoritarian overview.

I have reviewed our lengthy conversation and you clearly do not know what you are talking about a good deal of the time. You refuse to accept academic knowledge or debate issues using a scientific approach. Questions or assertions that you can't refute you ignore or appeal to authority as your refutation.

You have helped me recognize yet again the frustrating limits of dealing with barbarism, ignorance, anti-intellectualism and the authoritarian personality.

I leave you with Marcus Aurelius: "If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed."

Aravis O.
.4 years ago


You speak about war crime tribunals, but for who? Who committed more war crimes than G.W. Bush? He concocted lies & invaded a soveriegn country despite the fact that the UN told him not to. Not a WMD was ever found. Did he ever go before a war tribunal? Yet, Saddam Houssin was given to his enemies & murdered for the crime of defending himself against his enemies. The US sided with rag tag rebel enemies against the sovereign leader of LIbya despite the fact that the support for the leader was so overwhelming that the rebels hadnt a chance of deposing him. Noone went before a war tribunal for that. War tribunals are for the "enemies" of europe & the US, not for anyone else. The US & Europe still commit war crimes with genocidal glee.

The reason why you do not understand what I say is because you are brainwashed. But as a physcist I have a very logical mind & I debate in such manner. To be honest, I am not really religious. I am actually spiritual but inclined towards christianity as my views do not reflect many of the practises and interpretations of the Christian Church.

Aravis O.
.4 years ago


She says that tho she do not believe in christianity & religion, it definitely influences the behaviour in children in a very positive way. And this is what religion does. It influences & enhances ones the behaviours & actions of mankind in a positive way.

Not to say that religion has not produced bad. Religion, like politics, control the masses & there will always be unscrupulous people who will use these forums to their advantage. Many of these people are not even religious & do not even believe in God. You may find that many of these people are actually atheists (wolves in sheep clothing). But they see an opportunity & they use it. Without religion in this world nothing will not change. Religion is only a medium. As long as their is wealth & power man will find a way to control & hurt others.

Man is just as brutish today as we were in the past. It is just that we use different methods. A CTO in a boardroom making millions of dollars & claiming a productivity bonus of more millions while sending home employees with children & mortgages, is just as brutish as the ancient caveman. And I do not even have to go so far. Just the vicious crimes, murders, muggings & robberies some even against the elderly shows our brutish nature. In fact brutal crime is increasing yearly, & this despite the vast presence of law enforcement out there. Nothing has changed. We still invade our neighbors for what they have under false pr