Gay Rights Activists Killed In Uganda

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David Kato, an advocacy officer for the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, was found with serious wounds to his head at his home in Uganda's capital Kampala, late Wednesday Jan 26, 2011, and later died of his injuries. (AP)
Gay rights activist David Kato. (AP)

A Ugandan gay activist, whose photo was put on the front page of a newspaper that called for his killing, has been brutally beaten to death.

David Kato had been receiving death threats since Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper listed him among 100 gay Ugandans in October, underneath a headline that read "Hang them." Kato and two other activists sued the newspaper and won the case earlier this month.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, and a lawmaker introduced a bill in October 2009 that would impose the death penalty for some homosexual acts. The bill has not come up for a vote. The BBC's Kevin Mwachiro joins us from Nairobi, Kenya with the latest.

This segment aired on January 27, 2011.


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