And That’s How I Survived PRESS RELEASE

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SEXUAL MINORITIES UGANDA

PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sexual Minorities Uganda has today Launched a report titled “And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”:the report contains testimonies of human rights abuses from Uganda’s sexual and gender minorities.

The report is intended to document the many forms of prosecution that LGBT identifying individuals in Uganda face in the hands of the society

In this report, based on first-hand testimonies, Sexual Minorities Uganda documents the physical threats, violent attacks, torture, arrest, blackmail, non-physical threats, press intrusion, state prosecution, termination of employment, loss of physical property, harassment, eviction, mob justice, and family banishment that are all too often apart of the lived experience for sexual and gender minorities in Uganda.

This report has documented 264 verified cases of persecutions of LGBT individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Of the 264 cases documented in this report 48 involved acts of violence, including 35 cases involving physical threats or violent attacks, and 13 instances of torture by the state. The largest proportion of documented cases involved intimidation, with 84 cases, while 73 involved loss of property (including loss of employment, physical property, and eviction), and 59 involved social exclusion (including discrimination when accessing healthcare, community discrimination, and family banishment) — all of which the Ugandan government has failed to investigate.

For further information please contact
Grace Waitherero
Public Relations
Sexual Minorities Uganda
on
Communication.smug@gmail.com
or
0392174432

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