One of the three Ugandan LGBTI activists who was arrested at the
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting in Kampala on the 4th of June 2008, was
re-arrested and held for an additional four and a half hours today.
In response to demands for his release from his lawyer, the
Chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and UNAIDS, Usaam
Mukwaaya was released this afternoon on the condition that he returns
to the police on 10 June 2008.
Despite the fact that accredited cards for attendance at the 2008
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting were given to all three of the LGBTI
activists by the sponsors of the international meeting, the police
have refused to drop the charge of criminal trespass against the three
activists and have added a charge of forgery against Mukwaaya today,
claiming that he did not have a valid permit for attending the 2008
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting.
After the release of the three LGBTI AIDS activists yesterday, a
collective decision was made by the co-sponsors of the 2008 HIV/AIDS
Implementers meeting to accredit Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) to
attend the meeting. An official letter accompanied by three
accredited official cards for attending the conference was awarded to
the LGBTI AIDS activists.
Despite this fact, the police have refused to drop the charges of
criminal trespass and forgery. UNAIDS has submitted a statement to
the Ugandan Police indicating that the card was not forged and was
issued officially by the sponsors of the meeting.
NOTE: The charges against the three LGBT AIDS activists HAVE NOT BEEN
DROPPED and their case is still scheduled to be heard on the 20th of
June 2008. Please continue contacting the following people to request
them to drop all charges against the activists:
Via Smug – Sexual Minorities Uganda