Thursday, January 27, 2011

David Kato - died in the struggle for human rights in Uganda

David Kato was a Ugandan LGBT rights activist. He was a champion for human rights in Uganda which is plagued with homophobia - recently the Ugandan Parliament was considering a bill to execute gay people.

In October 2009 a Ugandan tabloid newspaper Rolling Stone printed the names of 100 people accused of being homosexual and advocating their execution. The High Court ruled that the Rolling Stone violated the civil rights of Mr. Kato and the other individuals listed in the paper by printing their photos and names. The paper was ordered to pay the plaintiffs (including Mr. Kato) 1.5 million Ugandan shilings each.

On January 26, 2011 David Kato was beaten to death with a hammer.

President Barack Obama issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work. LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights."

Remember - LGBT rights are not special rights - they are human rights, and human rights are universal rights.

2 comments:

  1. "LGBT rights are not special rights - they are human rights, and human rights are universal rights."

    Hear Hear!

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