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13 October 2011
“I’ve lived my life fighting openly for gay rights in Uganda, and I’ve had to pay a price for that,” Nabagesera for Amnesty International
On October 13, 2011 an activist for the LGBT human rights in Uganda joined the ranks of the winners of the Martin Ennals Award. Her name is Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and she is the founder and executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, the organization for the LGBT rights in the country. The state of the rights of the LGBT community in Uganda is rather critical. In this country homosexuality is a criminal offence. This community suffers discrimination and various ill treatments because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Human rights activists are often threatened and targeted.
“Her passion to promote equality and her tireless work to end a despicable climate of fear is an inspiration to LGBT activists the world over who face threats, violence and imprisonment on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” Spoke Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Africa Programme Director.
Despite all the imaginable difficulties she encountered Jacqueline Kasha is still a light in the darkness that the Uganda’s government has decided to situate its LGBT community.
Nabagesera is the 20th person to receive the Martin Ennals Award, but she is the first homosexual women to receive this recognition as a human rights defender. PINK embassy in supporting Jacqueline Kasha work, congratulates her for her courage and passion and wishes her numerous audacious collaborators.
To read full story Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera please follow: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/MEA/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=100&Itemid=146&lang=en