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Uganda deports producer of gay-themed play

Uganda has deported David Cecil, a British man who produced a play about homosexuality, the BBC reported today.

Quoting a UK embassy spokesman, the BBC said Cecil was deported yesterday evening, Feb. 11, as an “undesirable person.”

He was arrested in September for “disobeying lawful orders” for putting on the play without government authorization, but the charges were later dropped.

He was arrested again last week in connection with the deportation proceedings.

Cecil has a girlfriend and young family in Kampala.

“We are concerned that he was deported without being given an opportunity to challenge the deportation order through the Ugandan courts,” a British foreign service spokesman said.

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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