Uganda has a major human rights problem, and it’s because of a dictator “President” named Yoweri Museveni. Museveni has held office since 1986 – 35 years, and recent elections held on January 14th where a sham. Museveni had all internet access shut down and the military stationed at polling places.
Museveni’s main opposition leader, Bobi Wine, has asked a tribunal in The Hague to investigate Museveni for human rights abuses. These abuses include:
- Killings, violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Museveni has threatened to re-introduce the “homosexuality bill” which would impose the death penalty in some cases of same-sex sexual activity.
- The government of Uganda continues to target political dissidents subjecting them to intimidation, harassment and arbitrary arrest and detention.
- Restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of political opposition members, journalists, human rights defenders and students.
- Violations of the right to housing, and the use of forced evictions.
Ugandans can discriminate against lgbtq people in housing and employment without consequences – it’s perfectly acceptable. Currently, many lgbtq people are arrested for not complying with COVID-19 restrictions. I recently chatted with someone who spent three months in jail – at times denied food and medication – for having too many people in one house – against C-19 restrictions. This house was a shelter that housed young lgbtq people who were kicked out of their parents’ house for being gay or trans – and the police new it. They were, in fact, being arrested for being gay.
Shelters for lgbtq youth were once common. However, because of these raids, they are disappearing – leaving the occupants to fend for themselves on the streets. Many become sex workers.
However, there is an organization which is trying to help the lgbtq youth – Happy Family Youth Uganda. This organization motivates, empowers, and sensitizes the community through advocacy and awareness programs it also provides shelter to homeless LGBT people who have been forced out of their parents’ home due to their sexuality. Please take a moment to visit their website and Facebook page.