Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The witch-hunt begins

Yesterday Uganda's president signed into law viciously homophobic legislation which would jail gays for life. punish advocacy of gay rights, and make it a crime to fail to report gays to the authorities. And today, we have this:

A Ugandan tabloid has named the country's "200 top homosexuals", a day after President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill toughening penalties for gay people.

Red Pepper's list appeared under the headline: "Exposed", raising concerns of a witch-hunt against gay people.

Hate-crimes against gays are common in Uganda. In 2011 gay rights advocate David Kato was beaten to death with a hammer after being named in a similar list. Red Pepper and the Ugandan government seem hell-bent on inciting further crimes.