Gay Ugandan Activists Arrested, Detained Without Charge

Published: November 14, 2013

 A prominent LGBT advocate in Uganda has been arrested, jailed since Tuesday, and three times had his home raided — all without being informed of the charges against him. At least four other LGBT advocates have been arrested with him, according to reports from Ugandan activists. Police have refused to confirm under what, if any, crimes the activists are suspected of committing. 

 
Samuel K. Ganafa is the executive director of Spectrum Uganda and the board chairman for Sexual Minorities Uganda, two of the most prominent LGBT rights organizations in the East African nation, where homosexuality is illegal. 
 
On Tuesday, Ganafa responded to a phone call from Kampala police asking him to come to the  Kasangati station on the outskirts of the city, where he was immediately arrested. According to a press release from SMUG, Ganafa was then loaded into a police van and driven back to his home, where police twice raided his property without presenting a search warrant or providing a reason for his arrest. During the unwarranted search, Ugandan police arrested three houseguests who were staying with Ganafa. All four are still in police custody, though none have been formally charged. Uganda’s constitution stipulates that those accused of a crime and detained must be brought before a court within 48 hours — a threshold that has already been crossed. 
 
SMUG reports that Ganafa was also subjected to an HIV test without his consent or a court order demanding such a test. 
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