Ugandan Police Raid Pride Event, Arrest Participants

Washington

In response to an August 4 raid by Ugandan police on a LGBTI Pride event in Kampala and the arrest of more than 15 LGBTI Ugandans there, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The police raid on a Uganda Pride event and the detention of participants violates the fundamental right to peaceful assembly and association,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “Members of Uganda’s LGBTI community have the right to express themselves and peacefully gather without fear of arrest or violence. The Ugandan government should take swift action to hold accountable the officials responsible for this unlawful harassment.”

Uganda is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

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