Challenging attemps to silence civil society in Uganda
Barely a year after the murder of gay rights activist David Kato focussed international attention on the treatment of sexual minorities within Uganda, there is a sense that renewed attacks on freedom for these citizens are growing in momentum once again. But how should the international community respond?
In his latest blog, Stephen Wood from the IDS Sexuality and Development programme calls for a collective strategy that continues to build diplomatic support internationally for the human rights of all citizens, coupled with support on the ground for those NGOs with a proven track record in working with marginalised and vulnerable communities. Only then can the voices and needs of Ugandan civil society be heard and made central to development policies, not least at a time when they are under sustained threat of being silenced.
Photo: Petterik Wiggers, Panos
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