Tears rolled down Wahab’s face as he talked about his son.” I am his mother and father; and sometimes I can’t even afford to pay school fees for my own child, this breaks my heart,” he narrates. He however explains that he has a Congolese friend who has took him in and thanks God for this miracle. The lady has been a stronghold for Wahab and has also taken on helping his (Wahab’s) son whenever she can.
The Uganda Kuchu Aquatics team led by Diane Bakuraira has been a source of inspiration, hope and joy during a time that many characterize as turbulent. The group of five consisted mainly of people who were first time competitive swimmers and they have managed to wreck in over twenty gold medals. They also got first position in the small teams category; a prize they say they don’t take for granted having been first time competitors at IGLA.
The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights(African Charter) and the Resolution #275 on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity respectively, call for members states to refrain from subjecting their citizens from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and to ensure timely investigation and prosecution of all perpetrators of violence against person based on the sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
At least since 2014 the situation has become very critical,” explains Grazia Paoleri of Soleterre, a non-governmental organization that in the African state promotes health and pediatric interventions, and since some years ago carries on a defenders protection program (defenders are people or organizations involved in defending and promoting human rights).
Following this meeting, the organizing committee released a statement canceling the Parade. They said they had taken this decision with the safety of the people in mind. However, even with the main event cancelled, people met up in small groups and shared their ‘personal Pride’ pictures on social media.
The police locked the gates of the club, arrested more than 16 people—the majority of whom are Ugandan LGBT rights activists—and detained hundreds more for over 90 minutes, beating people, humiliating people, taking pictures of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) Ugandans and threatening to publish them, and confiscating cameras.
The Police who were in the company of plain clothed officers started pin pointing at whichever two men they saw together and also picked out the transgender individuals. It was a heartbreaking sight as they searched and sexually assaulted transgender persons by touching their genitals and breasts all in an attempt to determine whether they were male or female.
The court sentenced each of the men to six months in prison and a fine of 500 dirhams (US$50) on a single charge of homosexual acts. The Agadir Appeals Court affirmed the verdict but reduced the sentence to a month and a half for J and three months for A. The court did not explain the unequal sentences.