International Day Against Homophobia and Transfobia (IDAHOBIT)2017. Theme: ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ (Safety awareness day) 27th/05/2017

In commemoration of the International Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), UGOM in conjunction with Bob Angelo Fonds and COC Rotterdam are pleased to announce to you of the scheduled event to be held on 27th/05/2017 in Rotterdam at the premises of COC Rotterdam venue on address Schiedamsesingel 173,3012BB.
Entry is open to every one. Well wishers, and allies.
Come and listen to very powerful invited guests from within and outside of the community itself giving their views on current situation of LGBTI refugees in the Diaspora. We shall pay respects to our fallen hero Isabella Atwine who we remember for her contribution to the success of our movement as African LGBT refugees.
Come see,listen, learn and get entertained.
As always we shall feast and dance in jubilation of our existance.

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STATEMENT ON THE ILLEGAL AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF THE LGBT MOVEMENT IN UGANDA.

 

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The Government has learnt of the planned festivities/activities that are being organized to take place in different locations of Kampala and Wakiso Districts by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Movement.
The promotion of these festivities, which would purportedly culminate in a “Gay Pride match” on Saturday 24th September 2016, is criminal and illegal as they have not been cleared by the Uganda Police Force, and are against the laws of the Republic of Uganda; specifically the Penal Code, which is built on precedents set in many other countries.
Government position on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) activities.
We wish to emphasize that whereas the promotion of homosexuality is criminalized under the Penal Code, there is no violence against the LGBT community in Uganda – contrary to some claims made loosely by proponents of this movement.
The Penal Code Act of 1950 (Chapter 120) (as amended)
Section 145. Unnatural offences. States that; “Any person who” –
(a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature;
(b) has carnal knowledge of an animal; or
(c) permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.”
Section 146. Attempt to commit unnatural offences states that;
“Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences specified in Section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”
Section 148 – on indecent practices states that-
“Any person who, whether in public or in private, commits any act of gross indecency with another person who procures another person to commit any act of gross indecency with him or her or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any person with himself or herself or with another person, whether in public or in private, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”
In our society, our African values and cultures consider sexual activity to be private and personal, and it is not conducted in public. Certainly, neither is homosexuality. It is for this reason that the promotion of ‘gay’ activities is unwelcome.
In addition, we have noted that these planned festivities are aimed at, promotion, exhibition and recruiting people to join this LGBT movement, which interestingly goes against the argument that gays are “born” that way. We are aware that there are inducements, including money, being offered to young people to promote the practice.
The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (as amended) under Article 31(2a), reads: On Rights of the family.
Provides that “Marriage between persons of the same sex is prohibited.”
The law is clear that the promotion of LGBT Movement (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activities are criminal in nature and intent, and offensive to the laws of the Republic of Uganda.
As a country we need to strengthen our defense of our cultural values and our belief systems in order to;
• “Protect the traditional family units from emerging internal and external threats.”
• “Uphold that same sex attraction is not an innate and immutable characteristic.”
• “Protect the cherished culture of the people of Uganda, legal, religious, and traditional family values of the people of Uganda against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Uganda.”
• “Protect the children and youths of Uganda who are made vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child developmental settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption, foster care, or otherwise.”
• Promote the National Ethical Values Policy, which was approved, endorsed by Cabinet and launched by His Excellency, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on 8th October 2013. This policy provides for ten values that Ugandans cherish and which is basis for our National aspirations.
Conclusion:
Government will not condone the promotion of the illegal activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movement and through the Uganda police will work to ensure that the criminal and illegal activities of the Gay community are halted.
The organizers of the planned Gay Parade on Saturday 24th September 2016 are advised to stop their activities immediately or otherwise they will be arrested and prosecuted in the courts of law. The public is called upon to refrain from joining and participating in Gay activities.
I therefore, call upon all stakeholders, Ministries, Departments, Local Governments and other agencies of Government, Faith Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and the Media fraternity to join Government to curb the escalating levels of immorality by upholding and integrating the National Ethical values of Uganda into their daily life and work.
I thank you.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.
Hon. Rev.Fr. Lokodo Simon
Minister of State for Ethics & Integrity

LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees information Lithuania search (Urgent)

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On behalf of our colleague in Lithuania, UGOM is looking for reliable information that can be cited on the de facto situation of LGBT people in Lithuanias asylum system (only material that is speaking against Lithuania is needed). Especially: Is their safety guaranteed? Do trans people have access to medical treatment / gender reassignment? How are their asylum requests processed, are their sources showing that their asylum requests are not treated correctly, according to EU legislation?

Does anyone have a decision stating that Lithuania is not safe enough for LGBT people, i.e. a European state taking an asylum request at hand for humanitarian reasons even though the first Dublin state was Lithuania? That is what we are fighting for at the moment and positive examples could be helpful. Any one in Lithuania or anyone with a friend in there that is going through hardship with his or her own procedures, feel free to contact us.

Ideally there are only two more days to hand in the respective claim at the court in Lithuania. (no idea how an asylum seeker without an already established local network shall meet such short deadlines…)
Non the less, one can still contact us with regard to this issue on ugandagayonmove@gmail.com.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.
UGOM management.
NB: This does not only target Ugandan LGBTIQ asylum seekers or refugees, but it also looks at those from other parts of the world.

The Hague Cultural Parade and FESTIVAL 2016 Theme: SOLIDARITY

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This is an earlier announcement for all UGOM members who are hopeful to be part of this annual event. UGOM will cater for the transportation to all those who will apply early. UGOM will represent the Ugandan LGBTIQ community in the Netherlands. You have to be living in The Netherlands as a requirement. UGOM will focus so much on providing transportation reimbursements for the LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees currently living in camps around in the Netherlands.  You can contact us via our email ugandagayonmove@gmail.com or directly call us on 0687717530
The Hague Cultural Parade Festival in the Huijgenspark June 4, 2016 from 13:00 to 18:30 Theme: SOLIDARITY
Fifteen different Hague living cultures: Americans, Asians, Europeans
Africans and draw their best traditional clothes from the closet once a year and
go with music and dancing in the streets (center) of The Hague.
Expected number of countries and groups in order of the parade
Netherlands, Nigeria 2., 3. China, 4. Tanzania, 5. Bulgaria 6. Uganda 7. Surinam, 8. Sudan
9. Brazil 10. India 11. Romania 12. Turkey 13. Poland, 14. Ghana 15. Brass Band Antilles.

Beyond tolerance (Making sexual orientation a public matter)

Much efforts on what needs to be done to tackle the damaging discrimination and disadvantaged lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, and transgender people face and which structures and strategies that need to be focused on order to address the challenges and changes required, are needed.

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To fully address and understand tolerance and discrimination of LGBTI persons, one has to understand the definitions of homophobic hate crime, and homophobic hate incidents; gaps, weaknesses and trends in data sources; the prevalence and impact of homophobic hate crime upon LGBTI women and men; the barriers faced by LGBTI women and men when reporting homophobic hate crimes; and recommendations and ways forward.

There has to be a devised mechanism to increase on our knowledge of the nature of sexual orientation, to capture changing public attitudes and to investigate the impact of disadvantages experienced by lesbian, gay  bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBT) people.

There has to be a review that brings together the existing research and evidence on sexual orientation, in order to inform future policy development and strategy in relation to sexual orientation in Europe or other parts of the world in contrast with homophobic countries giving examples like Russia, Gambia, Uganda among others.

There must be an extensive exploration on approaches that are used in estimating the size of the LGBTI asylum seekers population in Europe for which there is currently no reliable estimate. Achieving an accurate measure of this population is critical for promoting equality and challenging discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) fully supports putting sexual orientation data into the public domain. It recognises that though there are obvious tensions between whether people regard sexual orientation as a public or private issue, sexual orientation has always been a public matter, though more often to the detriment of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBTI) people themselves.

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Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) short observation on asylum seekers’ choice of destination country.

 

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There are significant numbers of asylum seekers (refugees) who do make their way to developed countries such as The Netherlands to apply for asylum of which the Lesbians Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community is not exceptional.

In Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM)’s context of increasing numbers of LGBTIQ asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands alone by whatsoever means in recent past 3 years ever since its existence in 2013, there has been much debating and discussion about the impact of certain policy measures on numbers of LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers arrivals especially from Uganda, and the relative significance of ‘pull’ versus ‘push’ factors in influencing the rate of these arrivals.

UGOM believes there is a growing research into the issue of asylum destination choice–that is, the extent to which LGBTIQ asylum seekers are able to exercise choice when it comes to their destination country, and their reasons for choosing certain countries over others.  However, based on the short comings or what UGOM considers as shortfalls of the Dublin Regulation (REGULATION (EU) No 604/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 26 June 2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast). With this regulation, many of LGBTIQ have been left with no choice other than going back to countries that provided them VISA which in most cases those they claim to have helped them to come to safe havens never put into consideration.

Many of UGOM community members see the Netherlands as a paradise for LGBTIQ persons and cradle to human rights. So the Dublin regulation ends up making their hope to only remain in dreams especially when they are told that they are leaving a social group they are comfortable with. Even when they have left the Netherlands to other countries as the Dublin Regulation states, they never enjoy their lives as they enjoyed it here in The Netherlands. Examples of such people with testimonies of this point can be provided by UGOM if only their protection is guaranteed by the researcher.

Among the common number of themes UGOM believes revealed include, chief among them being that LGBTIQ asylum seekers generally have limited options available to them, and choices are made within a very narrow field of possibilities. Their choices and their journeys are often strongly influenced by the people smugglers, or agents, they engage to assist them to the safe havens such as the Netherlands.

Where LGBTIQ asylum seekers are able to exercise choice in determining their destination country, factors such as the presence of social networks, historical ties between the countries of origin and destination, and the knowledge or belief that a certain country is democratic and liberal where human rights and the rule of law are likely to be respected, are highly influential.

The policies and processes relating to the asylum procedure in destination countries such as the Netherlands are generally not well known to UGOM and its community members and therefore not highly significant in influencing choice of destination. Which UGOM thinks that it represents a major challenge for governments such as the Dutch government which are attempting to curb flows of asylum seekers through changes to asylum policy.

Based on this report, UGOM fully urges its community members to fully be involved in the ongoing research from an official from the European Migration Network ( Onderzoek en Analyse,  Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst Directie Strategie en Uitvoeringsadvies Afdeling Onderzoek en Analyse). UGOM is honored to be part and partial of this survey and research. Members interested in participation can feel free to forward in their requests on ugandagayonmove@gmail.com or inbox us on Uganda Gay On Move facebook page or call on 0687717530

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The Ugandan Youth Manifesto as a new means of political action (Neighborhood Communities # 11)

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Uganda: sexual diversity as an action

Moses Loveroy Walusimbi, chairman of Uganda Gay on Move(UGOM), an organization of African LHBTI refugees in the Netherlands wonders from the audience why no attention in the Youth Manifesto for sexual diversity. “If someone in Uganda could tell that he was gay, for example at a job, he would get a red card for that job. So Mr. Mwirima, turn to your project the topic of sexual diversity “on the agenda?”

James Mwirima see the problem not. He refers to the so-called anti-homowet in Uganda which was passed last year, but by the Supreme Court again was declared invalid. “At the same time, the government installed a commission for equal rights. In practice, I have never heard that someone was not given a job because of his or her sexual orientation. That is not a question asked at the interview.Sexuality takes place between the sheets in the bedroom. Outside nobody wants to know anything about it. ”

“The South (Uganda) is coming to the North (Netherlands) to tell about the operation of neighborhood and village meetings, youth manifesto and new platforms for social media,” says James Mbusa Mwirima pride. Mwirima is director of the Ugandan nongovernmental organization Citizens Watch-it(CEW-IT) and is visiting the Netherlands in response to the OxfamNovib E-Motive exchangeDeepening Democracy‘. Ugandan participate in the exchange program, Brazilian and Dutch organizations Movisie and Democracy Network section

Youth Manifesto

James Mwirima: “We use the Youth Manifesto to support young people in the governance processes.The manifestos are a reference to the directors speak on what they should be doing. Politicians sometimes the wildest promises, but which are often not quite live up to all. As the politician who was promised a bridge to a region where there is no river. ”

Mwirima outlines the problems of young people under 25 who make up 73 percent of the Ugandan population. Thus Uganda is the country with the most youthful population in the world. As regards the proportion of young people in the total population scoring Netherlands and Brazil significantly lower: in the Netherlands, 29.3% of the population younger than 25 and Brazil 40.9%.

Environmental activism in Brazil

Anthropologist Carmela Zigoni is project Youth Manifesto at INESC Institute for socio-economic studies in Brazil. She says that INESC has deliberately chosen for the Youth Manifesto. Her documentary also shows how Brazilian young people more control over their situation, trying to get through to gain political influence. Through the Youth Manifesto draw the attention of young people on issues such as environment, employment, social relations and discrimination.

An example is a cooperative in which young people through waste recycling and environmental commitment, new work trying to create. Media businesswoman Nies Medema wonders how INESC trying to improve the image of young people (‘reframe’), for example around the environmentalists who are committed to recycling. Carmela Zigoni says the government in Brazil participating in the project should be seen as environmental agents, but meanwhile still portrays as homeless unemployed. “We try to convince the government to turn these young people as the scavengers of garbage.”

Youth Platform Amsterdam East: long road

Redouane Amine and Jaika Koot show what was used during the creation of the youth platform in East Amsterdam. Especially the frustration that so few young people are represented in the government led before. The platform now includes a year and there is still a long way to go. “We learned to think globally and act locally, and that is quite awesome. Both in terms of the approach of the Youth Manifesto and in the community process in which we organize ourselves. There are in Amsterdam East all sorts of meeting places as The Meevaart where different groups come from all backgrounds, but still not much for young people. We were told that we could not organize ourselves, but we can do so. ” Key points from the Amsterdam East Youth Manifesto include:

  • think creatively (“out of the box ‘) rather than following the beaten path;
  • guess inclusive (all groups to ‘);
  • some stories that increase mutual understanding;
  • Be transparent
  • speak a clear language.

Practical results

When Team Catapult, the youth platform in Utrecht, the stakes are different, tell Liza Fennis and Tjerk Feitsma, both dressed in fine play t-shirts. Liza especially want to see practical results and calls for quotas for companies to provide a minimum number of young people internships or volunteer work. “We want to live from the heart and be authentic. That is what we have also organized workshops. Because if you are looking for a job, you should know who you are. At first I did not believe I could have political influence, but I’ve learned that you can do it within 24 hours. You can go for example in discussions with the city council. ”

Tjerk Feitsma says Team Catapult succeeded on October 6 to present the Youth Manifesto for the city council. “There is no participation of youth in the council. This we have raised with clerk and councilors.So now we’ll go to the city council to speak. ”

Online platform Ushahidi

Emmanuel Oluka, IT specialist from Uganda, presents the technical ins and outs of the online platform Ushahidi. As an open source platform has its origins in Kenya in 2007. Obama said on Ushahidi: “It’s great. It started right here. ” Oluka demonstrates that Ushahidi is a form of crowdsourcing is that large groups of people can be reached, allowing it to be used for instilling social change. For example, on data collection from different communities about youth unemployment. “There are so many new ways to share information, more and more new systems, and it also changes the behavior of companies and groups of people.”

“We want to introduce a new dynamic and let hear voices’

Oluka mainly outlines the technical capabilities of the website and app, with email, SMS integration, twitter feeds and videos. Michael Vermeer’s Young People’s Forum Amsterdam-Oost explains what it takes to get a Dutch version of the system in the air. “Our version of Ushahidi (www.jongestemmen.nl) We want to collect all kinds of data, for instance on the labor market and discrimination. We want the site to tell the story of young people, including through interviews. We want to bring about dynamism and new voices be heard. ”

A woman says she is impressed by the ‘neigbourhoods assemblies, “the district meeting in Uganda because they are organized from the bottom up. In the past year 120 assemblies set up in districts and villages as platforms where citizens can talk to. In the video of James Mwirima played this neighborhood and village meetings – with their important role in the citizen – a large role. “But I see the agreement with the youth platform in Amsterdam East, because that’s only a small group. But it would be wonderful if there were to be held in each sub-district such meetings. ”

According to Vermeer, there are so many groups in Amsterdam East bottom-active, but keeping them is not concerned with youth issues. He emphasized that the Ushahidi project with CEW-IT is a great example of South-North cooperation. “The Ushahidi project shows how we can learn from you in Uganda.

Mellouki Cadat, Project Youth Manifesto at Movisie and co-organizer of Neighborhood Communities, Youth Manifesto looks like Ushahidi and welcome new means of action. “Together with the Youth Manifesto Ushahidi is a new action tool in the toolbox for the citizens in the Netherlands. I wonder how the young people continue, and whether the policy itself is responsive. How will they, governance and youth, seize this opportunity to deepen local democracy? ”

Neighborhood Communities
Indian Neighborhood Communities, KrachtinNL, Movisie Warehouse and the Silent together make this program on communities as contemporary form of citizenship. Centered on the perspective of the people who make these communities. What do they see as characteristics of their group? For which tasks they are and how they organize themselves? What makes them durable and how do they relate to institutional investors? Neighborhood Communities # 11 was organized with the collaboration of Network Democracy, the Young People’s Forum Amsterdam Oost and the Catapult team from Utrecht.

This article was written by freelance journalist Martin Zuithof
Photos: Evelien Davidson

KNOWLEDGE DOSSIER

How young people can set up a community to solve problems like youth unemployment? And they thereby learn from Ugandan social methods as the Youth Manifesto and the Ushahidi platform? “We are often told that we can not organize ourselves, but that we can do.”

https://www.movisie.nl/artikel/oegandees-youth-manifesto-nieuw-politiek-actiemiddel

(Great thanks to Mr. Cadat)

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