Friday, January 28, 2011

President Obama on the killing of David Kato: LGBT rights are human rights

David Kato (via Facebook)
Yesterday, President Obama spoke out against the brutal murder of Ugandan LGBT-rights activist David Kato. Here is the full text of his statement.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work.

At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate. In the weeks preceding David Kato’s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered. It is essential that the Governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable.

LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all.
For further updates on the murder of David Kato in Uganda, see Box Turtle Bulletin.

1 comment:

  1. My response to David Kato's murder, and the Obama/Clinton/Boxer responses is posted to the San Francisco Bay View, AfrobeatRadio.net, and The Newsline EA (East Africa), and now, with a different headline emphasizing its meaning to the gay community, on lezgetreal.

    Rather than repeat myself, I"m going to leave a link to "What Does U.S. deployment of Ugandan Mercenary Troops Mean to GAY U.S.A." on lezgetreal: http://goo.gl/lRhcK.

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