Uganda expected to charge 75 after raid of LGBT-friendly bar

A person holds an umbrella bearing the colors of the rainbow flag as others wave flags during the the first gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014. The overturned law, condemned as “abominable” by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.
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A human rights lawyer in Uganda says 75 people will be charged in court after police raided a gay-friendly bar. Activists call it the latest attack on the LGBT community.

Nicholas Opiyo said Tuesday that police have released 50 other people after Sunday’s raid in the capital, Kampala. He calls the bar popular with the LGBT community as a place where they won’t be judged.

Gay rights activist Kasha Jacqueline says the bar is used for health outreach programs. Jacqueline rejects police allegations of drug possession.

A police spokesman denies the raid targeted the LGBT community.

Homosexuals face discrimination in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Uganda punishes sex acts “against the order of nature” with up to life in prison.

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