One of the three Ugandan LGBTI activists who was arrested at the HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting in Kampala on the 4th of June 2008, was re-arrested
and held for an additional four and a half hours today. In response to demands for his release from his lawyer, the Chairperson of Sexual
Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and UNAIDS, Usaam Mukwaaya was released this afternoon on the condition that he returns to the police on 10 June 2008.
Despite the fact that accredited cards for attendance at the 2008 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting were given to all three of the LGBTI activists by
the sponsors of the international meeting, the police have refused to drop the charge of criminal trespass against the three activists and have
added a charge of forgery against Mukwaaya today, claiming that he did not have a valid permit for attending the 2008 HIV/AIDS Implementers’
After the release of the three LGBTI AIDS activists yesterday, a collective decision was made by the co-sponsors of the 2008 HIV/AIDS Implementers
meeting to accredit Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) to attend the meeting. An official letter accompanied by three accredited official cards for
attending the conference was awarded to the LGBTI AIDS activists.
Despite this fact, the police have refused to drop the charges of criminal trespass and forgery. UNAIDS has submitted a statement to the Ugandan
Police indicating that the card was not forged and was issued officially by the sponsors of the meeting.
NOTE: The charges against the three LGBT AIDS activists HAVE NOT BEEN DROPPED and their case is still scheduled to be heard on the 20th of June
2008. Please continue the pressure to request them to drop all
charges against the activists
SEXUAL MINORITIES UGANDA