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Gay Ugandan Activist Receives Major Human Rights Award

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

The founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organization, who faces death threats in her own country, has won a major human rights prize.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was chosen for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, announced a jury meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nabagesera was described as "an exceptional woman of ... rare courage, fighting under death threat for human dignity and the rights of homosexuals and marginalized people in Africa."

“This is a fitting tribute to the courage of one woman, Kasha Nabagesera, and to all activists working under conditions of extreme threat," said Dipika Nath, LGBT researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Gays face official persecution in Uganda where a harsh anti-gay bill is currently before legislators. In its original form, the bill called for the death penalty for gays. The current bill would increase penalties for homosexual acts from 14 years in prison to life.

“I don't think there's anything that can stop me from this struggle," said Nabagesera in a press interview, "except the liberty that I'm struggling for. I don’t think you can give up on human rights in any way.”

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