“Love is a Human Right – The struggle for gay rights in Uganda” – Kasha Jacqueline Nabagasera.


The Black Box, Hill Street Belfast

Thursday 25th August 2011 7.15 pm

Lecture followed by Q&A hosted by William Crawley BBC NI


Amnesty International and Belfast Pride are delighted to host Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera as she delivers the 2011 Amnesty Pride Lecture.


 Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is the founder and executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, a leading LGBT rights organization.


 In recent years human Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of discrimination, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture and other ill-treatment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Uganda, and against activists exposing violations against the LGBT community.

On 26 January 2011, Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was murdered after the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone published a “gay list” and called for the people named in the list to be hanged.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera’s name also appears on the list.

Despite ongoing harassment, threats and attacks for her work, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has continued to advocate publicly and in the media on behalf of Uganda’s LGBT community. Fears for her personal safety have led her to shift from house to house, never staying too long in the same place.

Ms Nabagesera is the winner of the prestigious 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. A jury from ten human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, selected Ms Nabagesera for the award. The honour is designed to publicise the recipient’s work and help protect them from the dangers they face.


 Amnesty International and Belfast Pride thank Foyle Pride for their efforts in bringing Kasha to Northern Ireland.


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