David Kato Laid to Rest

Kampala: As human rights activist David Kato is laid to rest, we call for justice and full investigations into his death.

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project/Network together with its partner Protection International and Foundation for Human Rights Initiative; EHAHRDP focal point organisation joins world leaders, human rights organisations, representatives of the diplomatic community and the international and local media in mourning the death of David Kato. We are deeply saddened over the brutal murder of David Kato, a courageous and dedicated human rights defender advocating for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.

David Kato’s funeral was held on Friday 28th January 2011 in Mukono, near Kampala, amidst calls from the Ugandan and international human rights community and the diplomatic community for tolerance, cessation of hate speech and calls to the Ugandan authorities to guarantee the safety and security of all its citizens including LGBTI citizens.

EHAHRDP expresses its sympathy with its member organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) where David worked tirelessly to advance and protect the rights of LGBTI. David has worked closely with EHAHRDP since 2005 and was a strong and vibrant member of our Network.
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It was just Monday morning on the 24th January 2011, two days before his death that David visited our offices as a matter of routine and my staff and I interacted with him. On this visit, David appeared unusually sombre and expressed his fear of the continued harassment he was facing in his community as a result of his activism.
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It came as a shock to learn of his murder. We may have lost a strong ally, a friend and fellow human rights defender to a violent act, but his work was not in vain. We pledge to continue to defend the rights of all human beings without discrimination and affirm that human rights are universal and indivisible
” remarked Hassan Shire, Executive Director of EHAHRDP/Net during the burial of David Kato at his ancestral home in Mukono. Click here to see full statement.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.