The past year has seen a steady wave of state-sanctioned, anti-gay hysteria in Uganda. There is finally some good news to report. A Kampala court rules the "continuing suppression" of gay and sexual minority rights groups is unconstitutional. The ruling is being celebrated as a landmark victory by the East African nation's lgbt community.
The Guardian reports, "A judge ruled in favour of gay rights activists Victor Mukassa and Oyo Yvonne in their law suit against the attorney general of Uganda over an illegal raid on Mukassa's home in 2005.
"Judge justice Arach ruled that constitutional violations to privacy, property and human rights had occurred during the 2005 raid and accepted that the attorney general was accountable for the actions of local police officials, reported Afrol News. During the raid, police officials searching for "incriminating materials" seized private documents and arbitrarily arrested Mukassa's colleague, Yvonne, who was then forced to strip at a local police station to 'prove she was a woman'. "
Mukasa is a transgender lesbian and one of the few LGBT activists in Uganda willing to publicly speak out.
Uganda already has some of the most draconian anti-gay legislation on the planet—sex between two people of the same sex is a criminal offense and punishable by life imprisonment—and under new legislation it would be illegal just to be gay. Last year, a cabinet minister warned gays and lesbians to leave the country. At the same time, Uganda's leading Muslim cleric suggested all gays should be detained, marooned on an island in Lake Victoria and left to die.