(A fearful gay Ugandan wears a mask at the August 16 Kampala news briefing by Sexual Minorities of Uganda.)
Thank for your email regarding a recent article by the Red pepper newspaper published in Uganda.
The government of
guarantees the fundamental rights of all its citizens as enshrined in its constitution. Uganda
Freedom of speech and expression, the cornerstone of our young democracy are being exercised through an uncensored free press where all shades of opinions are expressed.
The Red pepper is one of the tabloids in
Ugandawhich has taken advantage of this platform to express different opinions on a wide range of subjects and issues in the society including matters of faith, politics, sexuality, and daily social life among others. Uganda
On a number of occasions, individuals, groups of citizens and government where they have felt misrepresented or offended by this or any other publication they have taken the cases to courts of law or the media council.
I wish to assure you that our government is committed to ensuring the protection and safety of all its citizens in accordance with the laws of
Charles Ssentongo-----Original Message-----
Sent 9/24/2007 7:49:28 AM
Subject: Ugandan government and gay people
Hello Mr. Ssentongo,It was good to have a productive conversation with you this morning. I hope you will keep your stated promise to provide me with a summary of how your government protects the human rights and safety of gay Ugandans.Best regards,Michael PetrelisSan Francisco, CA