CLOSURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA,BIPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA CELEBRATIONS IN UGANDA
Kampala,Uganda – Thursday 17th May 2018
As the world commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (#IDAHOBIT) last Thursday on 17th May 2018.
The Ugandan LGBTI community was grieving the cancellation of the joint celebrations that were being hosted Sexual Minorities Uganda in partnership with Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) and partners. These celebrations were raided by the Uganda Police on orders of the Minister of Ethics and Integrity. We were ordered to vacate the venue by the police officers.
“But what did we do to deserve this? Am so angry I feel like undressing and head to the Ugandan Parliament. Why should we live in fear? How are we so different from the rest of Ugandans. When will this ever come to end?” said angered Shivan(FARUG member.)
Freedom And Roam Uganda condemns the unlawful actions of the Uganda Police and the Minister of Ethics and Integrity by violating the right of Freedom of Assembly of its citizens due to the event closure.
We also call upon the Ugandan and the international community to join us in condemning the actions of the Ugandan government and hold the leaders accountable. We need to unite in the face of oppression of LGBTI people and call out our Government for this impunity.
Thank you our alliances for your overwhelming support always. We are still here and going no where.