Reaction to the Death of Ugandan LGBT Activist David Kato

Posted by Eric Goosby
January 28, 2011
David Kato

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) mourns the tragic loss of David Kato. As noted in the powerful statements issued by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, David was at the forefront of the fight for human rights for all Ugandans, including members of Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Stigma and discrimination against any population at risk for HIV undermine the fight against the disease. Courageous leaders help societies move forward with an effective public health response by promoting respect for the human rights of all people. David was such a leader for Uganda, and losing him is a tragedy. PEPFAR will honor David's life by continuing to provide essential HIV prevention, care and treatment to the people of Uganda -- especially to vulnerable, marginalized, and most at-risk populations. Through intensive work with both the government and civil society organizations, PEPFAR is working to ensure that all people in Uganda, including the LGBT community, benefit from a public health- and human rights-based response to HIV.

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Stephen O.
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Canada
January 28, 2011

Stephen O. in Canada writes:

May his soul rest in peace,,,,.When will the world body United Nations who recognized this Human Rights activists arise to there responsibility of granting direct or indirect security protections to those who fight the course of there 'ethics"?,,,sending or sympathesing the death of activists is not enough way of encouraging those who are fighting the course of human right issues in different part of the world,,,,may his soul rest in peace once again.

Jessica N.
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New York, USA
January 28, 2011

Jessica N. in New York writes:

Brenda Namigadde will be sent to her certain death if this Ugandan lesbian is deported by the United Kingdom back to Uganda. Bring Brenda Namigadde to America as a refugee.

"http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/2011/01/110128_ugandaasylum.shtml"

Susan C.
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Florida, USA
January 28, 2011

Susan C. in Florida writes:

This is beyond sad. People around the world are dying due to their beliefs in human rights. This man died standing against the cruel and, I believe, criminal laws of a corrupt country. What disturbs me even further is I understand that certain religious organizations from the U.S. have funneled large sums of money into Uganda to get these heinous laws passed. How can anyone or any organization say they believe in God, who I believe is merciful, and than support actions such as these? As Stephen O. in Canada said...may his soul rest in peace.

Ron
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New York, USA
January 28, 2011

Ron in New York writes:

This is a crime against humanity.

Beyond political exploitation.

Beyond religious intolerance.

It is a failed attempt to obliterate the victims of HIV/AIDS to cover up a global crime.

jitendra s.
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India
January 31, 2011

Jitendra S. in India writes:

Respected sirs I wish to state that the hooch tragedy which has killed more than 150 people in Gujarat recently, I want to draw your attention about the another aspect of that accident, I want to remind you that as we all know very well that our state Gujarat is already on the hit list of terrorists and because of the liquor prohibition policy of our state govt. daily thousands of bottles in trucks of English liquor illegally made in our neighboring states and are supplied to our state. and whole of this network is operated by liquor bootleggers and mafias who can fall in to the hands of terrorists at any time and terrorists can supply a lot of poisonous liquor and can kill a largest number of innocent people any time and this will be comparatively easy and effective way for them. So I want to request you to establish the responsibility that who will be sole responsible for the accident if it takes place. Because directly govt is only responsible to first implement the liquor prohi. policy then to allow mafias to smuggle liquor in to the state, the smuggling of liquor is not possible without the cooperation of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats therefore I request you to accept my this request as a PRL and give the right directives to govt. so any major accident can be avoided. Respected sirs I am giving you some more aspects of this policy so please consider my that letter also a request to you which is as follows:-

Respected sirs ,please consider the following points in the aspect of relevancy of liquor prohibition policy of Gujarat and direct the govt. to rethink over it.. [1] Though the liquor prohibition policy is there in force in Gujarat but three times more liquor is being sold here compare to any other state of India .[2]Local gujarat govt. justifies this policy by saying that because this is the Gandhi’s Gujarat therefore we implemented this policy here, on moral grounds. But today we have to think that who they are to say that Gujarat’s Gandhi or Gandhi’s Gujarat. Gandhi is the father of nation and whole nation is Gandhi’s. Gandhi struggled for whole India and he never said that he is for Gujarat or Gujarat is for him so today we have to think that Don’t we put question mark on his thinking by saying Gandhi’s Gujarat.? And after all finally we have to think that Gandhi never taught us the lesson to move on morality by crushing humanity .[3] Still there are so many people here in society who don’t drink so they like and support this policy. So the time has come to explain them that due to this policy the crime and corruption and diseases our society gets, they also can be victim of these things because this policy does not give any thing except crime and corruption to the general public of the society. [4] The transaction of millions of rupees has been criminalized which money moves within the liquor mafia and corrupted officers and politicians only. If this policy is demolished the same money will come in the market to the businessmen and even youths will get a new field to earn and get employment .[5] on the name of country liquor which liquor is being made and being sold here, millions of people are drinking that is made by car battary’s acid, detergent soaps water, saltpeter(anum) or ( FITKARI),and Gud(brown sugar).Now it can be understood that drinking such liquor can be how much harmful. This liquor causes the liver diseases, tuberculosis, and other so many skin diseases also.[6] This is the totally failed and unsuccessful policy which violates our

jitendra s.
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India
January 31, 2011

Jitendra S. in India writes:

religious and human rights because we hindus think we have the right to worship our god Kal bhairav but we cant do so because liquor is required to worship the same god .but we cant get liquor because of this Islamic policy is implemented on our heads.

Respected sirs I wish to state that there are 5 crore people living in Gujarat state of India in which about thirty percent people consume liquor. Still the liquor prohibition policy is in force there. Due to this policy now you can imagine how a big number of people is consuming the poisonous liquor regularly and how big damage the society is bearing due to this policy, we tell the people that this is the policy which does not give anything to society but only crime corruption and diseases. We request all the electronic and print media to understand the seriousness of this matter and give the coverage to us and our voice. But we are neglected everywhere. only because we have no big funds to advertise ourself . but hereby I would like to request you to remind you that the time when they neglect us really they don’t neglect us but they neglect a large number of innocent people of Gujarat who are bearing the torture of this policy and are drinking poison with keeping mum because they don’t know where to go and whom to ask for their help, at last finally we look at you with the hope of some help from you. But your ignorance to us and such policy of killing the innocents with slow poison will make us more nervous. Therefore once again we request you to reconsider our request and to do needful.

Respected sirs, I want to say one thing about the liquor prohibition policy of Gujarat, that due to this policy the general public of Gujarat does not get any benefit but if this policy is demolished, and due to that the government gets the revenue from liquor business, by that money government can give at least one kg sugar every month to every poor or middle class family in the state, so I wish to state that please ask the govt. on the liquor pro. Policy, assessing the relevancy and profit and losses to the society . Because today the time has come to tell the people that this policy does not give any thing except the crime, corruption and diseases, deaths of innocents to the society. And only corrupted bureaucrats, politicians, and liquor mafias are enjoying this policy, Therefore we want your help in this regard. Respected sirs once again I request you in public interest please accept my this letter as a PRL and do the needful but I request you to keep my name and my address secret to you only. because either party A sitting in power or party B sitting in opposition, no one want to demolish this policy because this policy is like a cow giving milk to them, no matter who is having turn today either A or B, tomorrow will be the turn of other.so both of them will not like that my voice should be heard by you and they may try to crush my approach to you, so please I request you again to keep secret my identity to you only. I will reach to you whenever you order me, thanking you yours faithfully: jitendra s.

Anthony
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California, USA
February 2, 2011

Anthony in California writes:

When human rights demands collide with Almighty God's demand, it stands no chance. God Rules. Obey Him and live. Enough of human rights nonsense that holds no water.
The Bible says "Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18.

Return to God and things will return to their normal perspectives. There will no longer be a need to fight for human rights which is an integral part of human existence. Why should people fight for what they already possess? To solve the problem, address the reason that gave rise to the need in the first place. All our righteousness are like filthy rags in the sight of God. Human right activists should encourage the people to stop transgressing God's law instead of following the multitude while claiming to be wise. "But we are ALL as an unclean thing, and ALL our righteousness are as filthy rags..." in the sight of God. The reason we are in trouble to start with is because "...there is no one that calleth upon Thy (God) name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee (God): for Thou hast hid Thy face from US, and hast consume US, because of our iniquities (sins)." Isaiah 64: 6-7. Do I need say more? Whoever killed David Kato also transgressed the law. Both man and God, because the Lord says "vengeance is mine." David Kato may be looking for answers where none exists.

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