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Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, E/CN.4/2003/75/Add.2, January 14, 2003: Uganda

228. By a letter dated 7 May 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent an urgent appeal together with the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and the Chairman- Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding Susan Nabukenya and Margie Kyeyune, who are said to be detained in Kampala Central police station on the grounds of their alleged sexual orientation.

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 2002, but were reportedly re-arrested a couple of hours later. Fears have been expressed that the two women may be subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment, especially of a sexual nature.[107]

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