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Ruane welcomes de Brún nomination of LGBT activist for Sakharov prize

13 September, 2011 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Caitríona Ruane today welcomed party colleague and MEP Bairbre de Brún's nomination of murdered Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov Prize.

Caitríona Ruane said:

“David Kato Kisule was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender) rights activist, considered a father of Uganda's gay rights movement.

“Kato was murdered in 2011 shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.

"The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals or organisations who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.

“I wish to applaud my colleague Bairbre de Brún on supporting the efforts of her political group, United European Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL) to nominate David Kato for this honour.

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