Two Ugandans Are The First Tried Under The Country’s Anti-LGBT Laws

I find it interesting that in the photo accompanying the article, the people are carrying signs that read ‘Obama we want trade not homosexuals’ as if the United States, and President Obama, in particular, are the reason they have LGBT folk in Uganda.

If a trial that was due to start today in Uganda had proceeded on schedule, it would have been the first time Ugandans had been tried for homosexuality.

That’s not just under the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act — that’s in all of Uganda’s modern history, according to Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), the group organizing the defense of the two facing charges. Uganda has had a law on the books criminalizing “unnatural offenses” defined as “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” since 1890, when it was a colony of Great Britain. Even under that law, no LGBT people went on trial in Uganda’s modern history.

The trial of 24-year-old Kim Mukisa and 19-year-old Jackson Mukasa was pushed back Wednesday to June 12, HRAPF Executive Director Adrian Jjuuko told BuzzFeed, because witnesses for the prosecution were not in court. Instead, the two were finally able to secure bail after having been held since their arrest in late January, a month before the Anti-Homosexuality Act became law.

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