Tag Archives: Simon Lokodo

Ugandan judge OKs crackdowns on LGBTI rights groups

“A Ugandan court essentially sanctioned a crackdown on LGBTI rights organizations in a ruling issued Monday morning,” BuzzFeed reports. In the ruling, a Uganda High Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against  Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo by LGBTI activists who charged … Continue reading

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Dispute over LGBTI clinics in Uganda

Are health clinics for LGBT people in Uganda a step in the right direction, or a misstep? The U.N.’s IRIN news service reports: Outrage, scepticism at Uganda U-turn on LGBTI clinics KAMPALA, 9 December 2013 (IRIN) – Eighteen months after … Continue reading

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Ugandan activist to anti-gay leader: See you in court

Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics minister, has resumed his verbal campaign against LGBT rights organizations, pledging to shut down groups that promote LGBT equality. But Frank Mugisha, leader of the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), said  Lokodo won’t succeed … Continue reading

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Uganda activists in NY: ‘We are here, we are you, we are proud!’

Two activists for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda today delivered a strong, optimistic message about the future of LGBTIs after they received Clinton Global Citizen Awards from President Bill Clinton. The honorees were … Continue reading

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GOP: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

The Republican Party wants the United States to stop pushing for repeal of 76 countries’ laws that make homosexuality a crime. In its newly unveiled 2012 party platform, the GOP criticizes the Obama administration for its warnings that U.S. foreign … Continue reading

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Report: Oppression undermines Ugandan society

Ugandan society is being undermined by intensifying attacks on a wide range of non-profit organizations — ones that seek LGBT rights, but also many good-government advocates, says the international watchdog group Human Right Watch. In a new 50-page report titled … Continue reading

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Tale of Uganda pride: rainbow colors, worries, arrest

Photographer Rachel Adams wrote a fascinating description of her experience photographing, covering and being arrested at the first Uganda Pride event on Aug. 4, which ended with a police raid. For her long, evocative account, read “Gay Pride Uganda” on … Continue reading

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Hackers, military, leakers, judges join Uganda gay disputes

Computer hacking. A leaked document from gay activists’ private strategy meeting. Military aid in jeopardy. Activists pursuing court action on two continents.  Nobel Prize winners expressing solidarity. A first-ever HIV clinic for LGBTs. Uganda has seen all those in recent … Continue reading

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Uganda official again vows ‘crackdown on these gays’

Three days after signing a statement agreeing to allow gay-friendly groups to meet in Uganda, the country’s ethics minister reverted to his previous hand-line stance. In an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo vowed to continue disrupting LGBT … Continue reading

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In rebuke, Uganda says gays will be allowed to meet

The Ugandan government is backing away, at least publicly, from ethics minister Simon Lokodo’s recent crackdowns on meetings of people seeking recognition of LGBT rights as human rights. In a government statement today (June 22) that Lokodo signed, Uganda said … Continue reading

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