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Uganda tabloid prints list of 'top' homosexuals

Ugandan Tabloid Names 'Top 200 Homosexuals'

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday's signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked "a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights" and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.

"Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values," Kerry said in a statement.

The Red Pepper tabloid published the names - and some pictures - in a front-page story under the headline: "EXPOSED!"

The list included prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, who has repeatedly warned that Uganda's new anti-gay law could spark violence against homosexuals. There was a popular Ugandan hip-hop star as well as a Catholic priest.

Few Ugandans identify themselves as gay, and the tabloid's publication of alleged homosexuals recalled a similar list published in 2011 by a now-defunct tabloid that called for the execution of gays. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy. A prominent Ugandan gay activist was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed David Kato was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda.

The new law punishes gay sex with up to life in jail - a measure criticized as draconian in a country where homosexuality already had been criminalized. The bill originally proposed the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV. The law also calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail.

In signing the bill, Museveni said the measure is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa, rejecting international criticism of the law as interference in Uganda's internal affairs. Museveni accused "arrogant and careless Western groups" of trying to recruit Ugandan children into homosexuality, but he did not name these purported groups.

Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said on Tuesday thatno homosexuals have been arrested since Museveni signed the bill but that at least two had been taken into custody since lawmakers passed the bill last December.

Onziema, the gay activist, said he had counted up to six arrests and that more than a dozen Ugandan homosexuals had fled the country since December over safety concerns.

Homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda under a colonial-era law that outlawed sex acts "against the order of nature."

Some Ugandan lawyers and activists have said they will challenge the law in court as unconstitutional and impossible to implement.

Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who runs a rights watchdog group called Chapter Four, predicted Tuesday that it make life worse for Ugandan gays.

"The enactment of the anti-homosexuality bill has only emboldened the ... population in their rejection of anybody perceived to be gay or even friendly to gays," he said. "These things are going to continue. They are going to get more frequent."

The Ugandan law - which came just over a month after Nigeria passed a similar measure against gays - has been condemned around the world, although it is widely popular among Ugandans.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the law would institutionalize discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence against gays.

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JOE February 25 2014 at 4:25 PM

well he is the president of Uganda its there problem let them fix it AND STOP all FINANCIAL AID.......

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mema91 February 25 2014 at 2:13 PM

If the US is sending Uganda any humanitarian aid it should be stopped as they don't seem to know what the word means. To make a law against being born a certain way is ludicrous. People say it is unchristian to be gay but we are made by God so he made gay people gay and straight people straight.

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dallas32186 mema91 February 25 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yes, that's correct! God DID make us ALL! Gays are just a form of population control ;)

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1 February 25 2014 at 10:02 PM

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bestintravel 1 February 26 2014 at 1:30 AM

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rjollierroger February 25 2014 at 1:44 PM

I remember watching a investigative report on this, a few yrs. back on one of the discovery, or learning channels. They were showing missionaries from this country and other countries, going into the churches and other meeting places showing videos and preaching against homosexuality. The leadership of Uganda was all up in arms about it then. It was kinda scary to watch. If I were gay and in that country, I would have been looking for a way to get out.

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slotpoker777 February 25 2014 at 7:43 AM

Maybe one day the Uganda Government will discover the wheel.

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plewdawg slotpoker777 February 25 2014 at 8:15 AM

I believe one of the oldest human remains was from that area. While your ancestors were in trees, Ugandans were already making tools.

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starla February 25 2014 at 7:43 AM

They are some of the most sexually promiscous people around and they're worried about homosexuality. In addition, the barbaric ritual of clitoridectomy is still practiced.

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stormmlovr February 25 2014 at 7:29 AM

Museveni rejecting international criticism of the law as interference in Uganda's internal affairs..""

Let's see how he likes "interference in Ugandas affairs when all aid is cut off".... talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face

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David..BRAAPP stormmlovr February 25 2014 at 7:43 AM

So cutting off aid would teach him a lesson because he believes that the unnatural and unsustainable act of homosexuality is wrong? Biologically it is but that's not the discussion as of yet.

I for one would love to see most of the aid to countries stop while I also feel that everyone has a right to live anyway they want but to think that we punish others for their belief is no different then us punishing the homosexual community.

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lugmario February 25 2014 at 10:24 AM

I don't understand the purpose of sending countries like this funds to be earmarked for humanitarian aid. You know it's not going to the people. These self appointed "Hitler" type rulers have no intention but letting a small part of it flow to the people. Instead the full force of the UN should invade the countries, bring in food, water, medical staffs and supplies and arm the citizens with better weapons than what the government has. Then hold a popular election of what kind of government they wish to have, Socialist, city states, Democracy and then proceed to take out every tribal leader that kidnaps boys five and older and arms them having them kill their own people. This instead of the billions we currently are spending in multi-million dollar one use air and sea weaponry. Really go to the Navy website and check out all this sneak attack vessels that will get us close to land until we launch our choppers or cargo then abandon them to self destruct. Talk about a profit deal. Why aren't we just increasing the pay for soldiers, keeping our promises to take care of them for life and quit making arms dealing and manufacturing ten times more than SS, medicare, Obamacare, welfare, unemployment, food stamps and all other social services for the elderly , sick and poor combined every year. The one thing I did notice about the Olympics is how close the new Russian style government and the Republican party share in key values! Legalized bigotry, massive income inequality and the itch to start wars or pick fights and ignoring the less fortunate.

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Mike February 25 2014 at 10:25 AM

I don't think gay people routinely try to lure juveniles into homosexuality anymore than straight people do (that's a poor argument). I support gay people's rights, but how does the US threaten sanctions against the government for this screwy law while there is no aid to the 100,000's killed or displaced in Syria or the millions in Darfur and other places. The worst part is this "list" which is essentially a hit list. People will be die as a result of this public outing, I'd expect. Good way for this so called leader to get rid of his enemies. See Joe Mcarthy.

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ohioh111b111y February 25 2014 at 9:48 AM

wow.... whoever printed the list of names might easily have printed a hit list and signed these folks death certificate. Very irresponsible.

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fobesq ohioh111b111y February 25 2014 at 9:56 AM

What do you expect from a barbarian? This country hasn't evolved much from the Stone Age.

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