WASHINGTON, D.C. RFK CENTER FOR JUSTICE & HUMANRIGHTS. APRIL 11, 2014.
Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and RFK Human Rights Defender Frank Mugisha visited Washington and New York in March to meet with senior United States and international officials about the situation facing LGBTI Ugandans one month after the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Speaking with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers, among others, Mugisha discussed strategies for countering this legislation and preventing similar legislation that is already taking shape in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The law in Uganda leaves LGBTI Ugandans at risk of violence and persecution. Health clinics have already begun to shut down services to the LGBTI community, individuals have been evicted from their homes, human rights organizations have had to shutter their offices, and high profile human rights defenders are moving from safe house to safe house. Last week President Museveni held an anti-LGBTI rally to celebrate the signing of Anti-Homosexuality Law and the police raided a U.S.-funded health research facility in search of “illegal homosexual activities.” The RFK Center continues to support Frank Mugisha and his security, and the RFK International Strategic Litigation Unit is acting as an international advisor to the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, as they are challenging the law in Uganda’s Constitutional Court.