THE DUTCH COURT TO DECIDE ON WHETHER A UGANDAN LESBIAN SHOULD BE GIVEN PROTECTION IN THE NETHERLANDS

Ndagire Cindy who is a proud lesbian human rights activist of especially LGBT rights who is currently seeking asylum in the Kingdom of the Netherlands were she fled aftermath of the enactment of the Anti Homosexuality law in her motherland Uganda.

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On 3rd-August-2014 Cindy was chosen by Reverend Wielie Elhorst of Landelijke Koepelorganisatie van de Christelijke LHBT-beweging (LKP) to give a speech on the 2014 Gay Pride Kerkdienst (Gay Pride service aftermath of the famous Amsterdam canal gay pride) about her life as a lesbian who had fled Uganda due to the tortures she faced which really touched the whole audience . She is indeed proud to be what she is and she commands a lot of respect from our community due to her strong personality towards fighting for her rights as a lesbian and the whole LGBTI family. She represented our community (UGOM) and the whole African/Ugandan LGBT community on this world wide respected event where many people from around the globe took part.

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she has been part and partial in many events of the group such as the Hague cultural parade were she was part of the entourage, she was also on the PvDA gay pride boat where UGOM was invited to take part and many other events.

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She will be in the Judicial court to decide if she really qualifies to be granted asylum in the Netherlands on 4th-September-2014, the address is Guyotplein Groningen at 09.15 am and urges all her friends and the family she got here in this lovely country to be there to give her support and courage in this battle with the Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) on whether she qualifies to be protected as a lesbian who fled her country on grounds of fear for persecution basing on her sexual orientation  .

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One should know that despite our victory over the Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Law of 2014, The LGBTI community is still threatened by the existence of the Penal code Act of 1950 that was inherited from the British which is still in the Ugandan Constitution;

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Laws prohibiting same-sex sexual acts were first put in place under British colonial rule in the 19th century. Those laws were enshrined in the Penal Code Act 1950 “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and retained following independence. The following sections of that Act are relevant:

Section 145. Unnatural offenses. Any person who—

(a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; [or]

(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 offense and is liable to imprisonment for life.[6]

Section 146. Attempt to commit unnatural offenses. Any person who attempts to commit any of the offenses specified in section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

Section 148. Indecent practices. Any person who, whether in public or in private, commits any act of gross indecency with another person or 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 offense and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

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Before the Penal Code Amendment (Gender References) Act 2000 was enacted, only same-sex acts between men were criminalized. That Act changed references to “any male” to “any person” so that grossly indecent acts between women were criminalized as well.

 

 

By UGOM

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