The Uganda 19: Lawyers barred; no chance of bail; 10 days in prison and counting


Lawyers for 19 LGBT Ugandans arrested March 29 at an LGBT homeless shelter near Kampala still have been barred from seeing their clients. The arrestees are imprisoned 55 kilometers outside the city awaiting an April 29 court date — assuming that Uganda’s courts have reopened by then. Urgent appeals to the Government of Uganda for intervention are needed, according to the LGBT legal advocacy organization HRAPF (Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum). There were 23 persons arrested during the raid. COSF has clarified that of these, 15 were shelter residents while eight were not. Of these eight, one was the Executive Director of COSF, five were visitors from another shelter, one was a nurse working at the shelter, and the other a visitor to one of the residents. The nurse was staying at the shelter together with the residents, while the COSF Executive Director, Henry Mukiibi, had responded to the raid and was arrested as he intervened.

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