Democracy Now: Gay Rights Activist Slain in Uganda

In Uganda, a prominent gay rights activist has been killed in a targeted attack. David Kato died Wednesday after an unknown assailant attacked him in his home. Kato was a leading opponent of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which calls for the death penalty or life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill’s author has close ties to U.S. organized evangelical groups that operate across several African countries. Last year, Kato sued the Ugandan weekly newspaper Rolling Stone after it listed him in an article on what it called Uganda’s “top” 100 gays and lesbians, alongside a yellow banner that read “Hang Them.” In an interview with supporters in Brussels last year, Kato talked about the “faith-based hate” driving Ugandan homophobia.

David Kato: “What I want the world to see is the hate, the hate which is behind this bill, the faith-based—whatever they are spreading, OK? Will Uganda be able to understand the faith-based hate behind the bill? There’s the [faith-based hate], which is causing—a genocide might come up. We are going to die.”

~ by wheresthemic on January 27, 2011.

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