Here is the HRAPF report on cases of violence and violations based on real or imputed SOGIE since the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023, known as the "Kill the Gays Bill", came into force on 29th May 2023. It covers the period 30th May 2023 to 30th June 2023.
It is important to note that this report is a tip of the iceberg for the following reasons: 1. We note some cases that have been reported and worked on by African Human Rights Coalition are not mentioned in this report or HRAPF's prior Report;
2. Many people are afraid to report their cases or situation even to local reputable LGBTQI+ human rights defenders, activists, LGBTI, Health and Human Rights Organizations in Uganda, as it is now known that the Ugandan government has infiltrated various venues, and that people believe they are being turned in and exposed by others who work for well known organizations. Just this week we had a report from a LGBTI person who was beaten up after being exposed by a person who they knew had worked for a human rights organization. This is extremely problematic because whether this is true or not it creates the very chaos that limits options and impedes safety routes and measures for those who are now seeking solutions.
3. Some reports we are receiving at AHRC are from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in more remote areas who do not know of the channels to seek help as outreach is muted by the law. Somehow via internet they find AHRC and we are inundated with requests for help. These cases do not appear in this report.
HRAPF reports that there were 5 persons charged under the AHA during this period, for homosexuality, promotion of homosexuality and child grooming. Any report indicating arrests are down must be seen in the context that people are in hiding, have fled, and also police are taking bribes while blackmailing against reporting the corruption, and so many more potential arrests remain unrecorded. AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION has used its emergency fund to help relocate LGBTI people to safety, supported LGBTI in safe shelter, provided food to those in hiding, provided food to 6 men imprisoned in Jinja. We have many on our waiting list pending our verification process. We are in dire need of funding: Donations can be made at www.AfricanHRC.org/donate
Here are examples of cases from Report:
FULL ONE MONTH HRAPF REPORT CAN BE SEEN BELOW:
AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION has used its emergency fund to help relocate LGBTI people to safety, supported LGBTI in safe shelter, provided food to those in hiding, provided food to 6 men imprisoned in Jinja. We have many on our waiting list pending our verification process. We are in dire need of funding: Donations can be made at www.AfricanHRC.org/donate