In Uganda, gay men say police use torturous method to ‘prove’ homosexuality

On November 2, 2016 Reuters reported: CAPE TOWN – It was early in the morning when Jackson Mukasa was awakened by the chants outside his Kampala home.

“The homos are in there!” the crowd yelled, banging spoons on metal cooking pots.

Mukasa, a 21-year-old gay man living in the Ugandan capital, was terrified.

“We opened the door, and there were police and people everywhere. The local councilman was there, yelling ‘Out with the homos! You are scaring people in the area.’ I still have scars from the beatings that followed,” Mukasa said.

It was January 2014. After being beaten by the mob, the police took Mukasa and a male friend staying with him in for questioning, he said.

They were both subjected to forced anal examinations, said Mukasa.

“We were questioned, beaten again, forced to admit to homosexuality. They took us to … (a) clinic in Kampala where we were examined,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It is so painful. The doctor puts a machine up your rectum. It hurts so much, and there is blood,” he said in a phone interview.

Read the full story at: In Uganda, gay men say police use torturous method to ‘prove’ homosexuality | Reuters

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