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Probe into disputed report of 7 slain LGBT Ugandans

In response to a request from the leadership of several LGBT organizations in Kampala, Uganda, the article “Report: 7 LGBT Ugandans slain; 65 flee abroad” has been removed from the blog — either temporarily or permanently.

Logo of Friends New Underground Railroad
Logo of Friends New Underground Railroad

Kampala-based LGBT community leaders who have expressed an opinion are united in their belief that the report of the fatal stoning of seven LGBT people this month at two locations in rural Uganda is a fabrication.

The leaders of the Friends New Underground Railroad in the United States and in East Africa stand by their account of the murders.

The Friends Railroad and the affiliated Safe Passage Fund provided some additional information about the reported incidents to the gay-friendly Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) and to Human Rights Watch in order to allow them to conduct independent investigations. To the extent possible, this blog will also investigate and seek first-hand witnesses.

Any findings will be reported on the blog.

This article was revised on Aug. 21 to clarify the source of information provided to Human Rights Watch. It was provided by the Safe Passage Fund rather than directly by the Friends Railroad.

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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