SMUG has highlighted the need for government to urgently address violation of rights of persons based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
This after Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum – HRAPF launched the 2015 Uganda report of violations based on gender identity and sexual orientation at Imperial Royale Hotel on 16th July 2015.
The report highlights the influence of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in the violations that occurred in 2014. It also reveals increased violation of rights of LGBTI people by non-state actors. There were increased mob attacks, family rejection, evictions and media outings.
Sexual Minorities Uganda Executive Director Dr. Frank Mugisha says “We have tried to explain to Ugandans about the day to day persecution of LGBTI persons, but it always seems to be miss-received. Public advocacy reports like this provide evidence how LGBTI persons are violated on a daily basis.
According to HRAPF, the report documented 89 cases of violations of rights of persons based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. Violations in 47 cases were perpetrated by state actors especially the Uganda Police Force.