Ugandan LGBT counselor arrested for homosexuality, 'recruiting' youth

Published: January 2, 2013

KAMPALA, Uganda — Police in Uganda on Monday arrested an LGBT youth counselor under laws which prohibit unnatural carnal acts — a definition which is widely understood to include homosexuality and “recruiting youth into homosexuality.”

Joseph Kaweesi, executive director and co-founder of the Kampala-based LGBT group “Youth on Rock Foundation,” was taken in custody Monday afternoon and was being held at the Kawempe police station.

LGBTQ equality activists are pointing out that while current Ugandan law calls for criminal penalization of homosexual acts, including “carnal knowledge or defilement,” there are no statues addressing “recruitment” of homosexuals.

Prominent South African civil rights attorney and journalist Melanie Nathan called Kaweesi’s arrest a preemptive strike prior to passage of the pending anti-homosexuality bill — dubbed the “Kill The Gays” bill — which was introduced into the Ugandan Parliament, but has yet to pass.

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