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MAHNWACHE FÜR DAVID KATO

Am 26. Januar 2011 wurde der ugandische Menschenrechtler David Kato in seiner Wohnung
überfallen und ermordet.

David Kato war Aktivist der Organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) .
Nicht-heterosexuell lebende Menschen sind in Uganda extremen Repressionen ausgesetzt:

Homosexualität wird per Gesetz verfolgt. In der Presse gibt es immer wieder Zwangsoutings
und Gewaltaufrufe gegen Homosexuelle. Die Wochenzeitung ?Rolling Stone? veröffentlichte
vor einiger Zeit Namen, Photos und Adressen von David Kato und anderen queeren
Aktivist_innen mit dem Aufruf ?Hang them?. David Kato und seine Mitstreiter_innen
erhielten seitdem immer wieder Morddrohungen.

Am Dienstag, den 1. Februar 2011 wird es eine Mahnwache geben zum Gedenken an David Kato.

Wir wollen David Kato unseren Respekt aussprechen und unserer Trauer und Wut Ausdruck
verleihen. Wir rufen auf zum Protest gegen homophobe Gewalt und Gesetze, die
Homosexualität kriminalisieren ? egal in welchem Land und egal an welchem Ort.

Liebe ist ein Menschenrecht.

*Treffpunkt: Dienstag, 1. Februar, 18.00 Uhr Carl-von-Ossietzky-Platz *(Lange Reihe
gegenüber von Dat Backhus).

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kato

Weiteres zu Uganda:

Brenda Namigadde sollte letzte Woche nach Uganda abgeschoben werden.

Dear Friends,

Talk about a cliffhanger. On Friday, Brenda Namigadde was placed on a 9:20pm flight en route to Uganda, by UK border officials. Then, at the eleventh hour, an injunction stopping her deportation was granted, and *Brenda was taken off the flight shortly before takeoff!* 1

One week ago, Brenda’s plight was virtually unknown, and her deportation back to Uganda, where beloved gay rights activist David Kato was murdered just this week, 2was all but certain. *But because you and more than 60,000 others sent letters, marched in London, and shared her story, we built an international outcry that was too loud for Home Secretary Theresa May and other UK officials to ignore.*

It’s amazing news, but the story isn’t over…

On Wednesday, Brenda will have her asylum claim revisited – the court will decide once and for all to approve or deny her request to live openly and freely in the UK. The situation looks positive with many supporters emerging in her defense, *but until Wednesday we’ll be keeping the pressure on Theresa May and the UK government to live up to its promise to prioritize LGBT asylum claims.*3

As Brenda’s story unfolds, alarming news is also emerging about the haphazard, and sometimes downright offensive, ways that LGBT asylum cases are processed. 4It has now been revealed, for example, that Brenda’s original asylum claim was rejected because a judge deemed it odd that Brenda didn’t read or own “gay magazines.”5 The deeper we dig, the clearer it becomes that the system designed to protect people fleeing persecution is terribly broken and demands our attention.

We will keep you up-to-date this week as we continue to stand with Brenda and others like her whose courage inspires us. Thank you and stay tuned…

All best and All Out,
Andre, Jeremy, Joseph, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

PS – If you haven’t already done so, please spread the word about Brenda’s story:
http://www.allout.org/brenda/taf

*SOURCES:*

1. Ugandan lesbian wins temporary reprieve from deportation
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/28/uganda-lesbian-deportation-death-gay

2. Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html

3. Gay asylum seekers win appeal to stay
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gay-asylum-seekers-win-appeal-to-stay-2020354.html

4. For Gays Seeking Asylum in the U.S., a New Hurdle
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/nyregion/29asylum.html

5. Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines or other media
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/01/30/ugandan-lesbians-asylum-appeal-rejected-because-she-didnt-own-gay-magazines/