Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

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08/27/2020

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer each ignored a summons requiring him to show up in court yesterday to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. The charges, originally sought by the gay-friendly Human Rights Awareness and Promotion (HRAPF), are connected to the arrest of 20 men at an LGBT homeless shelter in March and their imprisonment for 50 days. HRAPF stated today, “Yesterday [Aug. 26] our legal team went to the Chief Magistrate’s Court of Wakiso to represent seven (7) COSF members in Criminal Case No.505 of 2020, which arose out of a complaint of torture against Hajji.Abdul Kiyimba, the LCIII Chairman of Kyengera Town Council, and PO Philemon Woniala, the Deputy Officer in Charge of Kitalya Mini-Maxi Prison.”

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