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It may be Free Derry, but she’s not free to come speak there

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera denied access to UK to speak at Foyle Pride

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesra may have won the the 2011 Martin Ennals award for Human Rights but she has been denied entry into the UK to be a keynote speaker at Foyle Pride.

This lesbian campaigner was due to kick off the Foyle Pride festival on 24th August. The limited resources of the Pride committee of Northern Ireland’s second city were looking to increase on the spalsh they made last year with the first Pride Parade in the city. They booked and paid to get the Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, a main lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization, to the festival. But the UK Borders Agency has denied her a visa to enter the UK.

In the run up to the election one of the main party’s spokespeople on overseas aid and development at the CADA hustings, said he had no position on the dichotomy of the abysmal LGBT rights record of Uganda nad providing aid. Now somebody from the ground in Uganda has been denied access to share her story of what it is actually like, something that the future Health Minister as DUP spokesperson on the subject of aid and development would have to sit up, take notice and take a position on.

There is a petition online that seeks to overturn, if possible this decision in the days left before Kasha is due to speak. Please go along and sign it.


Notes: The Foyle Pride Festival in various guises is 18 this year. There is a whole calendar af events from the 24th to 28th of this month, with the second parade crossing the river and ending in Guildhall Square on the 28th.

In Uganda homosexuality is criminalised, and those who engage in homosexual acts could be jailed currently for up to 14 years. Correctional rape is carried out on lesbians. In 2009 a private members bill by David Bahati looked to broaden the scope of anti-homosexual law in Uganda and for Ugandans. Under the proposed bill any repeat offenders, HIV Positive males, anyone suspected of “aggravated homosexuality”, or has same sex relations with someone under the age of 18 could be put to death. Also Ugandans who have same sex relations overseas could face extradition back to Uganda to face these charges and sentances. Also anyone who fails to turn in anyone suspected of such activity within 24 hours could face prison of up to three years.


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