Ugandan LGBTQ group calls authorities shutdown of its operations a ‘clear witch-hunt’


Uganda’s authorities shut down operations of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-governmental group for LGBTQ rights, accusing it of working illegally within the nation, based on an announcement from the federal government.

Uganda’s Nationwide Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO Bureau) below the Ministry of Inside Affairs mentioned Friday the group operated with out being registered within the NGO Bureau, including that the group tried to register its identify in 2012 however was rejected “on grounds of being undesirable.”

SMUG issued a statement Friday following the federal government announcement saying, “This is a clear witch-hunt rooted in systematic homophobia that is fueled by anti-gay and anti-gender movements.”

It added: “The refusal to legalize SMUG’s operation that seeks to protect LGBTQ people who continue to face major discrimination in Uganda, actively encouraged by political and religious leaders, was a clear indicator that the government of Uganda and its agencies are adamant and treating Ugandan gender and sexual minorities as second-class citizens.”

The group additionally referred to as on the federal government to “uphold their obligations to protect all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and sex characteristics.”

Uganda made headlines in 2009 when it launched the anti-homosexuality invoice that included a dying sentence for homosexual intercourse. The nation’s lawmakers handed a invoice in 2014, however they changed the dying penalty clause with a proposal for all times in jail. That regulation was in the end struck down, however some lawmakers have sought to reintroduce it.

In 2014, Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni, instructed CNN in an unique interview that sexual habits is a matter of selection and homosexual persons are “disgusting.”

Uganda is a socially conservative nation, and in 2014 it launched the Anti-Pornography Act which included a “mini-skirt ban.” In recent times the regulation has resulted within the arrest of revenge porn victims.

In Could 2019, Uganda’s “ex-gay” group petitioned Uganda’s parliament to deliver again the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Invoice to “create awareness on sexual orientation,” based on an announcement on the parliament web site.

Ugandan activists have up to now instructed CNN the LGBTQ group faces arrests, assaults and persecution.