See also:
» 22.01.2010 - Anti-homosexuality law threat to fighting AIDS
» 10.11.2009 - Uganda partners with media to fight HIV/AIDS
» 06.11.2009 - "Uganda AIDS prevention threatened"
» 13.08.2008 - Uganda launches mass campaign to fight AIDS infection
» 28.07.2008 - Uganda police torture gay rights activist
» 19.06.2008 - Gay activists' arrest "shows African HIV response gaps"
» 22.11.2007 - Queen lauds Uganda peace
» 24.04.2007 - Uganda AIDS patients’ difficult access to treatment

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Health | Gay - Lesbian

Ugandan gay activists arrested at HIV meeting

afrol News, 5 June - Three local homosexual activists were arrested yesterday morning by the Uganda Police Force at the 2008 HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting currently taking place in Kampala, Uganda. Human rights groups now fear for the safety of the three activists.

The three - a 28-year-old transgender person, a 27-year-old lesbian and a 26-year-old male homosexual - took part in a peaceful protest along with other gay, HIV and AIDS activists at the Kampala conference. The group protested against statements made by a Ugandan government official that no funds would be directed toward HIV programmes targeting men who have sex with men.

On 2 May, Kihumuro Apuuli, Director General of the Uganda AIDS Commission, stated that, "gays are one of the drivers of HIV in Uganda, but because of meagre resources we cannot direct our programmes at them at this time."

Activists from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) staged the peaceful protest at the HIV Implementers meeting to protest the Minister's statements and what they call "gross neglect" on the part of the Ugandan government in responding to a growing HIV epidemic among the country's gay community. The three were arrested and detained at the Jinja Road Police Station immediately after taking the stage at the meeting, distributing leaflets and holding up small placards demanding attention to HIV vulnerability among homosexuals.

SMUG today strongly condemned the arrest of its three activists. "Today I realised how dangerous it is for us [sexual minorities] to express our constitutional rights," said Frank Mugisha, Co-Chairperson of SMUG. "I am worried about my comrades who are in police custody," he added.

According to a recent report by the University of Nairobi and the Population Council, gay men in neighbouring Kenya have a HIV prevalence rate of 26 percent. Twenty-six years since the beginning of the epidemic, Uganda has not implemented a single programme to prevent transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men in the country.

"The remarks made by the head of the AIDS Commission were very disturbing to members of the LGBT community," said Kasha Jacqueline, Chairperson of Freedom and Roam Uganda, a lesbian organisation in the East African country. "If they want us to die, let them ask themselves if they wish themselves the same. Excluding us is just going to make the situation worse," she added.

The HIV Implementer's Meeting is an annual event described as an opportunity for HIV programme implementers to share lessons learned and best practices in the scale-up of HIV/AIDS programmes. It is co-sponsored by the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS, the World Bank, the Global Fund, UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+).

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is now requesting that the co-sponsors of the meeting contact the Ugandan government to demand the release of these activists. "Gay men and lesbians are not 'drivers of disease'," said Paula Ettelbrick, Executive Director of IGLHRC. "Homophobia drives HIV. Silence drives HIV."

In November 2004, the Ugandan government fined a local broadcaster, 'Radio Simba' for airing a programme that discussed anti-gay discrimination and the need for HIV/AIDS services for lesbians and gay men. The government claimed that 'Radio Simba' had violated federal law promoting broadcasting that is contrary to "public morality."

- Create an e-mail alert for Uganda news
- Create an e-mail alert for Health news
- Create an e-mail alert for Gay - Lesbian news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at