Statement on the passing of David Kato

I offer my sincere condolences and sympathy to the family, friends, and supporters of David Kato, who was brutally murdered in his home on January 26, 2011.

David Kato embodied the GLBTT rights movement in Uganda through his work with the group, Sexual Minorities Uganda. His work led to the Uganda Human Rights Commission’s October 2010 statement on the unconstitutionality of Uganda’s draft “anti-homosexuality bill” and the Ugandan High Court’s January 3 ruling safeguarding all Ugandans’ right to privacy and the preservation of human dignity which prevents the “outing” of GLBTT persons.

His action on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community remind us all that GLBTT rights are human rights that should be recognized by all people. His courage stands as a testament to the international struggle for human rights that continues still to this day.

David Kato strived to create a Uganda that recognized the equality, freedom and dignity of all people, and for that he will be remembered. Kato’s activism in the face of threats to his personal safety highlight that we as Canadians cannot stand by and watch the violence against and persecution of Uganda’s GLBTT community. We must speak out.