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For Immediate Release

Uganda: Address HIV/AIDS Care for All

Cambridge, Mass - 02/22/2011

As Uganda pushes HIV on to the presidential candidates’ agenda, PHR is calling for equal treatment for all Ugandans who suffer from HIV/ADS, including the country’s persecuted LGBT population.

"While Uganda’s efforts to tackle the AIDS epidemic are commendable, we cannot turn a blind eye to the country’s blatant disregard for the basic rights of its LGBT citizens, a population that is widely affected by the epidemic,” said Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights. "Uganda cannot make treating the disease a priority as long as it actively persecutes people living with AIDS.”

Being gay is still a criminal offense in thirty-seven countries in Africa, including Uganda, and the life of a LGBT person in Uganda is full of secrecy and fear. Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was recently beaten to death months after a Ugandan newspaper ran Kato’s picture on the front page under a headline stating, "Hang Them.” The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is still before Uganda’s parliament, would impose life imprisonment or death for people engaging in consensual sex with someone of the same sex.

"The Anti-Homosexuality Bill legitimizes the appalling discrimination that Uganda’s LGBT population regularly suffers,” said Donaghue. "Uganda must end this damaging persecution so that the country can begin to heal and properly tackle the AIDS epidemic.”

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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