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Uganda government forces LGBTQ+ group to shut down
2022-08-07

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An LGBTQI+-rights group in Uganda said the country's government forced it to shut down, according to The Washington Blade.

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), in a press release, said Uganda's National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations (which oversees NGOs in the country) "halted" its operations "for non-registration with the NGO Bureau."

The release noted current Sexual Minorities Uganda Executive Director Frank Mugisha was among those who submitted an application with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau in 2012 "for the reservation of the name of the proposed company," which was Sexual Minorities Uganda.

In 2016, the Uganda Registration Services Bureau rejected SMUG's application based on grounds that it was "undesirable and un-registrable" because it sought "to advocate for the rights and wellbeing of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons, which persons are engaged in activities labeled criminal acts under Sec. 145 of the Penal Code Act."

Five years before then, SMUG Advocacy Officer David Kato was murdered in his home outside of Kampala, the Ugandan capital. A Ugandan tabloid a few months earlier published Kato's name and picture as part of an article that called for the execution of LGBTQ and intersex people.


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