As human rights activists warned and as any rational person predicted, the passage of a brutal new anti-gay law in Uganda has resulted in a huge increase in violent attacks on gay people in that country. I’m sure Scott Lively will be along any minute to tell us it’s all made up.
Uganda has suffered an alarming rise in attacks on gay and lesbian people since it passed an anti-homosexuality law late last year, research has found.
The report, compiled by Sexual Minorities Uganda, detailed an attempted lynching, mob violence, homes burned down, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides. The number of recorded incidents had increased tenfold, the group said. At least 25 people were reported to have fled Uganda, seeking asylum in neighbouring Kenya and Rwanda.
In many cases tabloid newspapers published stories identifying men or women who were subsequently disowned by their family or assaulted in the street. Several are facing prosecution…“The passing of AHA has given permission to a culture of extreme and violent homophobia whereby both state and non-state actors are free to persecute Uganda’s LGBTI people with impunity,” the report stated.
The survey recorded 162 incidents since the legislation was passed by parliament. By comparison, Sexual Minorities Uganda recorded only eight incidents in the rest of 2013 and 19 in the whole of 2012.
“[This] represents an increase of between 750% and 1,900% on previous years,” the report noted, “an increase which can only be explained by the passage of the AHA and the virulently homophobic atmosphere this has engendered.”
Imagine things being so bad there that people are fleeing to Rwanda for safety. But the American Christian right continues to cheer on this brutality and barbarism.