Nowhere To Go,' Ugandan LGBT Activist Applies for Asylum in US

Published: May 11, 2014

Citing an environment of fear, persecution and anti-gay violence in his home country of Uganda, John Abdallah Wambere has applied for asylum in the United States.

Wambere, 41, came to prominence for his work with Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights and provides health and education services.

He announced his decision to seek asylum at a news conference on May 6 in Boston. Wambere is currently living in Cambridge, Mass.

According to an affidavit filed in support of his asylum application, Wambere left Uganda for the U.S. on Feb. 20. At the time, he says, he planned to return home.

Then, on Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which criminalizes homosexuality, as well as "aiding and abetting homosexuality," and "promotion of homosexuality."

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