A document confiscated recently by government has named 23 different Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as responsible for promoting the activities of homosexuals and lesbians in Uganda. The 23 NGOs are part of the 38 that were last week named by Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo as facing deregistration for their illegal activities.
The 23 NGOs are part of the 38 that were last week named by Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo as facing deregistration for their illegal activities.
Article 31 (2a) of the Constitution, as well as provisions of the Ugandan Penal Code Act, prohibit same sex relationships in Uganda.
Lokodo says he has already communicated the list to the Ministry of Internal Affairs who are responsible for registering all NGOs in the country to see what future decision to take against them.
According to the document which also contains minutes of the 7th strategy meeting for the activists, the NGOs are listed under the coordination of Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
Lokodo said as government they were going to support the Anti-Homosexuality bill currently in Parliament since there is now sufficient evidence to move against them. He said he was looking forward to a day when the law would take shape.
However, Jeff Ogwaro, the Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, said he was not worried at all about the development. He agreed he attended the meeting of May 4th this year where the strategy on how to defend the human rights of the sexual minorities was presented to the 23 NGOs and discussed.
Ogwaro denied they were involved in promoting gays’ activities in the country because they are aware of what constitutes the illegal act. He said the constitutional law against same sex marriages bans the act and not the activism.
Owaro said the same constitution that Lokodo claims criminalises gay rights also provides that no Ugandan will be discriminated based on their gender, religion and tribe.
He said they were ready to be arrested and jailed for standing up for the rights of the marginalized and discriminated gay activists in the country.
While government is happy that this will provide the much needed evidence yet that activists are actively and publicly advocating for promoting and recruiting gullible young men and women into the vice, others sympathetic to the gays will probably refer to this latest revelation as another act of racial profiling.
The organizations mentioned include the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Refugee Law Project, Rainbow and Diversity Organisation, Angel Support Group, Trans Equality Uganda, Rainbow Foundation Mbarara and Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights for Youth.
The list also has East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Human Rights Defenders Solidarity Network Uganda, Sexual Minorities Uganda, Muslim Centre for Justice and Law and Protection Desk Uganda.
The other organizations named are Spectrum Uganda Initiatives Incorporated, Kampus Liberty Uganda, Trans Support Initiative Incorporated Uganda, Youth on Rock Foundation, Frank and Candy Uganda, Forum for Minority Rights, Fem Alliance Uganda, St. Paul Equality and Reconciliation Centre, Ice Breakers Uganda and Law Gender and Sexuality Makerere University