Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, E/CN.4/2003/67/Add.1, February 20, 2003: Uganda
610. On 7 May 2002, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the Special Rapporteur on torture, the Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women sent a joint urgent appeal regarding Susan Nabukenya and Margie Kyeyune, who were said to be detained in Kampala Central police station in Kampala, on the grounds of their alleged sexual orientation. On 26 April 2002, a broadsheet newspaper, Red Pepper, is said to have reported that on 25 April 2002, the two women had arranged a private “engagement” ceremony presided over by a pastor. The women are said to have been arrested on 1 May, reportedly under paragraph 140 of the Penal Code, which stipulates that “Any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” is subject to 14 years’ imprisonment. They are said to have been released on 3 May, but were reportedly rearrested several hours later after criticism of their release. It is believed that they may soon be transferred to a local police station. Fears have been expressed that the two women may be subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment, especially of a sexual nature, in police custody.
Link to full text of the report: http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/dfa4a1075593fff8c1256cf000375d31
- Please note that this case is also mentioned in the report of the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, E/CN.4/2003/68/Add.1, February 27, 2003, para. 1861, and in the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, E/CN.4/2003/75/Add.2, January 14, 2003, para. 228.↵