Uganda: Promptly Investigate Killing of Prominent LGBT Activist

(c) AP, David Kato

repost from Council for Global Equality member organization, Human Rights Watch

David Kato Was Fearless Voice for Human Rights

January 27, 2011

(Kampala) -­ Police in Uganda should urgently and impartially investigate the killing of the prominent human rights activist David Kato, Human Rights Watch said today. Kato had dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) in Uganda, facing threats and risks to his personal safety.

The government should ensure that members of Uganda’s LGBT community have adequate protection from violence and take prompt action against all threats or hate speech likely to incite violence, discrimination, or hostility toward them, Human Rights Watch said.

“David Kato’s death is a tragic loss to the human rights community,” said Maria Burnett, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “David had faced the increased threats to Ugandan LGBT people bravely and will be sorely missed.” Continue reading the statement

read more about this tragic story at Box Turtle Bulletin

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