Uganda: Five arrested on suspicion of promoting homosexuality
Just days after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni proclaimed the nation’s Anti Homosexuality Act was not anti-gay, five Ugandans have been rounded up in the Pader district and arrested on suspicion of promoting homosexuality.
Human Rights lawyers from the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum are heading to the area to represent the arrested, which reportedly include two businessmen, a teacher and two high school students.
According to a report in Ugandan paper, the Daily Monitor, the five were arrested for promoting homosexuality in a local school. The Daily Monitor alleges the five arrested have been “carrying out clandestine movements in both primary and secondary schools in the district luring the pupils and students into the practice”.
Pader Central Police Station senior officer Romeo Ojara Onek, confirmed the arrests.
Museveni’s new Anti-homosexuality Act imposes life sentences for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ and up to seven years in prison for anyone found committing a consensual homosexual act. It also criminalises lesbianism for the first time.