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Uganda: Gay rights activist murder appalling

In response to the murder of David Kato, one of the leading human rights defenders who worked to promote the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda and who appeared on the front page of a tabloid paper which called for homosexuals to be killed, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Africa said:

"Amnesty International is appalled by the shocking murder of gay rights activist David Kato yesterday. The Ugandan government must immediately ensure a credible and impartial investigation into his murder.

“It is deeply worrying that the Ugandan government has been so conspicuously silent about discriminatory rhetoric against LGBTI people in Uganda. Now more than ever is the time for the authorities to reassure Ugandans that it will protect them against threats and violence regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Any persons suspected of involvement in the murder must be brought to justice in a fair trial which complies with international standards."

Michelle Kagari is available for interview

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