LGBTI advocates hail Uganda acquittal, unite against rape

Activists urge that the law take its course in deciding if rape occured.


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Advocates of LGBTI rights in Uganda welcomed today’s acquittal of sports celebrity Chris Mubiru in a case that involved consensual same-sex relations, while noting that his conviction for forced sodomy was a matter of law, not of gay rights.

“Abuse is abuse,” activist Kasha Jacqueline wrote in a Facebook comment. “Perpetrators must face the law … the judge made that distinction very clear in the ruling.”

The LGBTI rights blog Sebaspace observed:

“The Ugandan judiciary continues to pleasantly surprise.

“In a groundbreaking ruling, Chief Magistrate Flavia Nabakooza today convicted ex-football manager, Chris Mubiru, of forceful sodomy, but acquitted him of sex with another male because that was consensual. …

“The judge thus made a distinction between consensual and non-consensual sodomy which is critical to be made.

“This ruling should be applauded for the forward-looking precedent it sets.

“Mubiru is apparently going to…

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One Response to LGBTI advocates hail Uganda acquittal, unite against rape

  1. Unexpected but definitely inspiring. I had despaired of Uganda ever relaxing its draconian stance on LGBTQ+ issues, but in cases like this I am always happy to be proven wrong.


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