Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

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08/19/2020

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer have been summoned to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment connected to the arrest of 20 men at an LGBT homeless shelter in March and their imprisonment for 50 days. The 20 arrested members of LGBT advocacy group Children of the Sun Foundation (CosfUganda), were ordered to be compensated US$1,341 each by the Ugandan government. Uganda’s High Court ruled that the payments were needed because they had been denied their right to a fair hearing when they were held in prison for 50 days without access to their attorney or a chance to apply for bail. The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) reported the torture to police but they were reluctant to take it on, forcing the organization to institute private proceedings, HRAPF executive director Adrian Jjuuko stated. Melanie Nathan, executive director of the African Human Rights Coalition, described the mistreatment of the 20 arrested men on March 29.

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