January 27, 2011
David Kato, Ugandan LGBT Activist, Beaten to Death
David Kato, an LGBT activist in Uganda, was beaten to death,
BBC News reports. The police have arrested one suspect but deny there is a
connection between Kato’s activism and his death. Kato and other LGBT people
were outed in 2010 by the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone, which published their names, photographs and
addresses. In November, a Ugandan court ordered the newspaper to stop outing
LGBT people. Since being outed, Kato had been receiving death threats. In 2009,
an “anti-homosexuality” bill was proposed with possible sentences of life in
prison. Kato had campaigned against the bill. In 2010, an HIV criminalization
bill was proposed with possible sentences of 10 years in prison. International
pressure has so far prevented either bill from becoming law.
To read the BBC News article, click here.
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