Ugandan police blame victims in anti-gay attack
According to the panafrican site Mambaonline, Uganda’s police appear to have done almost nothing to investigate a break-in and murder at an LGBT-supporting human rights group’s offices, and instead suggested that it was an inside job. As the site reported the last month, the offices of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) were broken into in the early hours of the morning of 22 May.
The organisation was one the groups that successfully challenged Uganda’s dreaded anti-homosexuality law in court, leading to its annulment. During the break-in, a security guard was beaten to death and documents were stolen. At least two men were caught on security camera (picture) while apparently doing the job.
According to Adrian Jjuuko, Executive Director of HRAPF, police have now claimed that the break-in was “masterminded” by the organisation’s management. Jjuuko said that he suspected the reason given for the conclusion was that HRAPF management had refused to share the CCTV footage of the break-in and murder with police: “I personally asked them to take the footage or secure it, but they seemed uninterested”.
The NGO Forum has reported at least 26 attacks to NGO offices all around Uganda between 2013 and 2014. For none of those attacks the Police found someone guilty.
(28 giugno 2016)
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