Ugandan gay activist honored with human rights award
Friday, May 6, 2011 at 05:15PM
OutFaith in Ecumenical, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Uganda

ENI News - May 6, 2011

By Fredrick Nzwili

Religious leaders in Uganda have responded from conservative and liberal perspectives to the news that Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, a Ugandan gay rights activist, was given on 3 May the Martin Ennals Awards for Human Rights Defenders. 

The award, given by the Martin Ennals Foundation in honor of the first secretary general of Amnesty International, will help the campaign for minority group rights in the East African country, said retired Anglican bishop Christopher Senyonjo. "It is appropriate and encouraging … We now know there are people who understand what we are suffering from and support our position," he said on 6 May in a telephone interview with ENInews. 

However, conservative church leaders criticized the award, saying it went to a "disgraceful ground," where the recipient is not a hero. They have charged that homosexuality is evil; and is rejected by the scriptures and African communities. 

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