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Uganda arrests gays and human rights activists. Again.

In Kampala, armed police raid a regional conference on the rights of gays. Amnesty denounces action as 'outrageous.'
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Members of the Ugandan gay community mourn at the funeral of murdered activist David Kato near Mataba, on January 28, 2011. Although the police claim it was most likely a petty crime, many members of the gay and the human rights community hold the Ugandan government responsible for not battling the growing violence against homosexuals in the Ugandan society. (Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images)

Uganda is keeping up its assault on the rights of gays.

Yesterday armed Ugandan police raided a human rights workshop and arrested lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and organizers of the conference in Kampala. This is the second time that Ugandan authorities have disrupted a workshop and arrested participants.

At least five staff of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, who organized the workshop, were detained by the police along with at least 12 of the workshop participants, according to local reports and Amnesty International.

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Some of the participants, who came from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, managed to escape after being informed by members of the media that the police were on their way.

Amnesty International repeated its call on President Yoweri Museveni's government to end its harassment of activists supporting the rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation.

"This ludicrous and senseless harassment of human rights activists has no basis in law whatsoever and has to stop," said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International's deputy director for Africa.

"We are seeing a worrying pattern emerging whereby the Ugandan authorities engage in arbitrary activities deliberately designed to intimidate and threaten legitimate human rights work," said Kagari. "The participants in this workshop had done absolutely nothing wrong and we call on the police to end this outrageous behavior which makes a mockery of Uganda's human rights obligations."

Amnesty has issued reports on previous Ugandan government harassment of LGBT activists.

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