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Threat to lynch Ghana gays; Uganda deportee dies

Recap of recent news:

Ghana chief backs threat to lynch gays; Amnesty protests

Radio XYZ in Ghana reports:

Amnesty International has condemned the chief of Tamale, the Northern regional capital, for endorsing the lynching of gays in his area.  Dakpema Naa Mahamadu Dawuni is reported to have told the media that his Palace has received several reports of homosexual activities in the locality.  The youth there are said to be angry with the development and plan on lynching any person suspected to be engaged in homosexuality. …

Lawrence Amesu, the country director for Amnesty International in Ghana, said they are appalled by the intentions of the youth and the Chief. …

“In Ghana I would say that a very large number of people do not still understand some aspects of human rights issues especially when it comes to same-sex relationships. I think that what we have to do is to do more education”.

A spokesman for the chief said that he would support any attacks on homosexuals, the radio station’s website reported.

Protest against UK home secretary after deported Ugandan dies

Protesters gathered outside the Home Office last week, calling on Home Office Minister Theresa May to resign after lesbian refugee Jackie Nanyonjo died in Uganda on March 8 after being deported there in January following a lengthy detention in the U.K.

Supporters in the U.K. said that “despite evidence of her sexuality from her partner here and others in the LGBT community, the [U.K. Border Agency] refused to believe she was a lesbian and turned down her application for asylum,” the O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da reported.

They added, “She was accompanied on the flight by 4 hefty security escorts from Reliance who, according to the account given at the protest by one of her close friends, beat her through the flight and forced her head down between her legs, and tried to strangle her. By the time she left the plane she was vomiting blood from the injuries she had received, but was not given medical attention.”

For more, see the blog post “Murder of Ugandan lesbian deportee at the hands of UK authorities, Reliance Security and Qatar Airlines.”

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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