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Report: seven murders in rural Uganda

Mon 18 Aug 2014 In: International News

A purported victim of a Ugandan mob who is said to have later died from head wounds. Picture / 76 Crimes A group helping threatened Ugandans flee the country says seven lgbt people have been stoned to death or burned alive in rural Uganda in the past two weeks. Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR) says three gay men, two lesbians and a transgender person were stoned to death by a mob last week. It says a 28-year-old gay man was attacked by another mob and died the next day from head injuries. The Friends Railroad said it had witnesses, documentary evidence, the names of victims and other details about the incidents, which it has provided to Ugandan human rights organisations so they can investigate. The group has evacuated 65 people from Uganda before releasing information about the murders. It says the evacuees were in immediate danger following the dumping of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. “Since the Railroad’s debut in April, a total of 448 Ugandan LGBT individuals who sought help to leave Uganda were successfully helped with funding from Quaker groups, The Safe Passage Fund, churches, non-profits and individual donors. Ally advocates have freely provided critical safe housing, food, medical and legal aid to these asylees,” the organisation says. “A growing number are now resettled in third-party countries, notably South Africa, Rwanda, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Ireland, Denmark, and Germany. None are in refugee camps.” Read more here Via 76 Crimes Meanwhile a Ugandan newspaper which has previously listed the names of lgbti Ugandans and their allies, with the headline “hang them” is claiming gay people want to kill Uganda’s Speaker. The front page headline screams “Homos Vow to Kill Kadaga”, a claim which has no factual basis. Rebecca Kadaga is the homophobic Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament who vowed to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Act “by Christmas” and did so.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 18th August 2014 - 9:43am

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