Black Looks - Including an African LGBTIQ+ Archive

Action Alert, Africa LGBTIQ, Human Rights, Queer Politics

Ugandan government attacks Lesbian activists

The Ugandan parliament have enacted a new anti-homosexuality law and with this the Ugandan police yesterday stormed the house of lesbian activist, Victor Julie Mukasa.  Victor tried to contact me today but unfortunately I missed her call so the details on her present situation are still sketchy.  However there is a report on the raid in Behind the Mask as follows:

Victor

On the night of 20 July 2005, Victor Juliet Mukasa, who is the chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), had her residence raided by the Ugandan government police officials. The officials confiscated all documentations and other materials that had homosexual content.

Unfortunately for the police contingent which was clearly intending to pounce on Mukasa, they didn’t find her at home as she had not yet arrived back home from town.

On the house they found a gay activist from Kenya who works closely with SMUG. She was detained for the night. According to Kasha Jacqueline, a lesbian human rights activist, “They took her [the Kenyan activist] in so Victor and the other LGBT activists [from SMUG] would want to fetch her from the police and then they can arrest Victor specifically and or the other activists

“The police threatened to broadcast the information found in the national media and that can lead to more containment by public at large”, said Jacqueline.

This purported trap to arrest for SMUG officials is suspected to be part of an elaborate plan by the Ugandan government to obliterate gay and lesbian activities in that country.

Victor is an incredible woman who has spent her adult life fighting for gay and lesbian rights in Uganda and Africa against all odds.  She has been harassed by government officials, police and homophobic citizens and has paid the price of being “out” in Africa by loosing out to friends and family.  Victor was supposed to have met with Amnesty International and her lawyer today who had advised her to report to the police.  As for 4pm today she had not done so.

Saturday 4pm

I have just spoken to Victor who has reported to the police.  They were unable to detain her since they have nothing on which to charge her.  She has a lawyer and the IGLHRC are supporting her case. Meanwhile she cannot go home as people near where she lives planned to attack her. Once the matter comes out in the press she will be in even more danger.  She is staying and moving from hotel to hotel.  Victor’s human rights have been grossly violated. There was no search warrant on her home and her guest was stripped naked by the police and detained and both their lives are now in danger.  All of these issues will be followed through with the support of the international gay and lesbian community and their friends.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

11 Comments

  1. imnakoya

    I can name one thousand and one more immediate problems needing more urgent actions in Uganda! And SMUG or LGBT isn’t one! Talk of misplaced priority!

    I’m sure Victor and others will be alright.

  2. HERBERT

    There are lots of other serious issues begging for attention in Kenya and Indeed other African countries.
    If weighed in the order of priority this issue might be 3000th.
    How I wish people like Victor can channel their effort towards other more pressing issues confronting their native homeland.
    Most African are copy cats when it comes to ugly side of western culture.

  3. Ayodele

    Thanks for posting this. As for gay rights being so unimportant in the scale of issues facing Uganda, I have to ask– if it is so trivial, why the energy of a police raid and parliamentary legislation? This reminds me of what happened during the civil rights movement in the US, when women were routinely told to pay attention to the ‘more important’ things than women’s rights and concerns by their male comrades in ‘the struggle’…

  4. imnakoya

    I need to clarify my earlier post, it can be spinned either way!

    SMUG or LGBT do not constitute a “clear and present danger” to the Ugandan government, so proscribing them is a gross misplacement of priority and abuse of power!!!

    Capisci?

    Indeed, there are lots of other serious issues begging for attention in Kenya and Indeed other African countries…so why isn’t the government tackling them?

  5. Herbert — First and foremost Black Looks is a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) friendly blog and if that offends you or you simply cannot deal with homosexuality then you had better stop coming here. Secondly the country in question is Uganda not Kenya. You clearly got so carried away by the mere mention of homosexuality in Africa that you could not even read the piece correctly.

    “Most Africans are copy cats when it comes to the ugly side of western culture”

    Please not this nonsense again. This is an old and tired myth held by, in particular African men who cannot accept the reality of homosexuality in Africa. So I will say it again. Homosexuality is not a western import and has existed in Africa as everywhere else in the world since time began. What is new and welcome is that African gays and lesbians are coming out of the closet and speaking out against homophobes and ignorant people like you.

    “Indeed there are a lot of other issues begging for attention in Kenya and Indeed in other African countries………………” Not least of all Human Rights something which many African countries are still sadly lacking.

    “How I wish people like Victor can channel their effort towards other more pressing issues confront their native homeland”………..Some of us think these ARE pressing issues. They are issues of human rights and equality for all people regardless of their sexuality. Uganda is as most African countries are, signatory to the International Convention on Human Rights of which Gay and Lesbian rights are apart.

    Finally in case you hadn’t noticed Black Looks blogs for Human Rights. These are not negotiable.

  6. HERBERT

    Owukori,
    I have absolutely no problems NOT coming here,There are countless other ways to make my voice heard.Lets take a look at some of your submissions.

    “Secondly the country in question is Uganda and not Uganda”

    This is cheap,to use printing error to attack people.
    From Kenya to Ethiopia,From Uganda to lagos there are countless abuses going on every single minute.

    “Homosexuality is not a western import and has existed in Africa like everywhere esle in the world since time began”

    This is arrant nonsense,An attempt aimed at playing on peoples collective intelligence all in the name of human right and democracy.CAN YOU TRACE ITS ORIGIN IN AFRICA?
    These are one of the flaws of Democracy.It was the former US President late JF KENNEDY who spoke my mind in his speech during his state visit to Berlin(ICH BIN EINER BERLINER),and i quote “FREEDOM HAVE MANY DIFFICULTIES AND DEMOCRACY IS NOT PERFECT”
    unquote.

    “This is an old and tired myth held by, in particular African men who cannot accept the reality of homosexuality in Africa”

    Again,this is cheap,As race has virtually no role to play on this issue,You accused this writer of being carried away, only to allow yourself little time to ponder before this write-back.I cannot deny my African descent nor heritage,But,i can assure you that all through life i have had the opportunity to interact with all races and faiths.

    “What is new and welcome is that African gays and lesbians are coming out of their closet and speaking out against homophobes and ignorant people like you”

    Again,you took it upon yourself to write and conclude history.
    It is only history alone that can prove who is ignorant in this issue.
    There is nothing to suggest that you are either right or wrong in being pro-gay and lesbian,Neither history nor events has proved you right.Democracy which gave rise to such demand is in itself imperfect.
    Can you recollect any moment in history when homosexuality and lesbianism was legalised by the state or mankind?(If yes,make the facts available).
    There are lot of new goals set and achieved by mankind(both new and old)but history and records has not been favourable to the issue of homosexualism and lesbianism.
    In my article on the same issue involving a Nigerian condemned to death on this issue,I stated what i stood for; I have never and indeed will never support police brutality,neither will i support a death sentence against people because they are gay or whatsoever.
    What i said and still maintain is that this issue is trivial when one takes into consideration events in African.MILLIONS ARE DYING IN NIGER,CONGO,SUDAN,ETHIOPIA,SOMALIA, OF HUNGER AND CURABLE DISEASES AND EVEN IN UGANDA;( THERE ARE NUMEROUS ORDINARY UGANDANS WHOSE RIGHTS ARE TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT IN THIS MOMENT,WITHOUT THE BASIC NEEDS OF LIFE AND IT WILL INTEREST ME IF PEOPLE LIKE JULIET CAN CHANNEL THEIR EFFORTS IN THIS DIRECTION.
    I cannot be cowed to state otherwise.
    Finally,I also hope it will interest you to know that freedom of speech and expression is embodied under the human right charter.
    However,one is not taken aback by your comments as human right and demcracy mean different things to different people.

  7. “I also hope it will interest you to know that freedom of speech and expression is embodied under the human right charter” which is why you are free to comment here – so what is your point? To be honest I cannot even be bothered to respond to your comment or should I say homophobic rant, its not worth my energy.

  8. Herbert, do you realize how many groups target hunger and other “more important” issues (as you view them) in Africa today? What was Live8 all about? If Victor Juliet Mukasa were to throw her lot in with JUST those other issues, then who would stand up for GLBT community? Plus, too many people don’t realize that supporting GLBT rights encompasses more than just that.

    I wish Victor the best, and hope things turn out alright in the end.

  9. Ugh–what a horrific story.

    And to anyone who would call this trivial–when the government uses its force to destroy someone’s rights for being gay, it is an important issue.

  10. victor

    Hi Sokari.Longtim.i tried to call u but in vain.Am still in hiding but cant tell u.Just wantto go to court and seek justice if it exists in Uganda.thanx for the posts and if u want more stuff on this issue plz contact sky.Grit ma dear friend.

    I rarely access internet so it’s not gonna be easy to communicate.gotta go.will always communicate whenever I can.

  11. kasha

    hi Sokari,thanks for the support and the wise comments.I dont see why people who can not stand the issues of homosexuality waste our time.Herbert i think you are misplaced.Please find another place coz we have tried to show you that the world is big enough to accommodate all of us but its like you dont appreciate.So please go do something else other than wasting more of our time.We have better things to do than read your silly comments.Period.