Time: 03:15 (25 July 2008)
Usaam Auf Mukwaya, one of the three LGBTI Human Right Defenders who were arrested at the
HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting last month has gone missing. By 21:39 this evening, his
whereabouts where still unknown.
Pepe Julian Onziema, another of the three LGBTI Human Rights Defenders currently facing
court charges for Criminal trespass received a phone call at 3:15pm from a motorcyclist
who identified himself as Amis. Amis who was riding Auf, reports that they were ambushed
by three men in a police patrol vehicle in Nakasero along
saying prayers at a mosque and swiftly driven away. Auf was on his way back to Speke
Hotel where the rest of SMUG Human Rights Defenders and friends had gathered after the
court hearing of the three Human Rights Defenders.
“We were riding from Nakasero when a police patrol vehicle suddenly interrupted our way.
We had approached
waiting, the police patrol parked in front of us and 3 policemen, two in uniform and one
in plain clothes came and asked Auf to get on the patrol car. He asked for a pen from
the policeman in plain clothes in order to write down some contacts. They allowed him to
do so and he gave me the piece of paper and told me to call the contacts and inform
them. There was no violence portrayed at the moment of the arrest”, reports the
A few available colleagues from SMUG have moved around five police stations around
and Auf has not been found at any of those stations.
SMUG is still working around time to find where he has been detained. We will keep you
updated on new developments.
This report has been prepared and verified by:
- Pepe Julian Onziema- Co-Chairperson, SMUG
- Victor Mukasa, IGLHRC Official
- Val Kalende, SMUG
- Brian – SMUG
- Aliyah- FARUG
For further information please contact:
Pepe Julian Onziema