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Voices Without Place

There is no democracy without proper representation. The main goal of any participatory democracy is not to enforce a rule of majority, nor allow for an excessive power of any minority but to establish and protect the rights of all citizens. That goal is also a key element in effective poverty fighting, achieving sustainable development and championing social justice. Proper channels for participating in governance must exist to reflect each public voice and allow for proper balancing of the democratic debate.

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Milton Allimadi on Uganda, Rwanda, and Uganda’s 2011 Election

The threat of war between Rwanda and Uganda, a backdrop to the Ugandan election, and, one possible explanation of the high level visit by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and UnderSecretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.
On Saturday, 12.14, I spoke to Ugandan American Black Star News Editor Milton Allimadi, about Uganda’s February 18th election for KPFA News and Afrobeat Radio, about whether or not Ugandan might follow Egypt after the February 18th polls that no one expect to be free or fair.

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Will Uganda follow Egypt and Tunisia?

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Under Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson flew into Kampala, Uganda last week to meet with Uganda’s three leading opposition presidential candidates, Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao, and Olara Otunnu, all of whom told them that Friday’s elections will not be free and fair. Steinberg and Carson then went on to meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been one of the U.S.A.’s closest allies and military collaborators since the end of the Cold War.
Before leaving, Steinberg gave a speech at Kampala’s Makerere University about the importance of free and fair elections, and protecting human rights for all, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

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Prof. Peter Erlinder Speaks on Rwanda Genocide

Professor Peter Erlinder is an international criminal defence attorney, human rights lawyer. and former prisoner in Rwanda, who is still wanted by the Rwandan government of President Paul Kagame, for disputing its official history of the Rwanda Genocide. In January, he began a speaking tour of the US, which coincided with DePaul University’s Journal of Social Justice’s publication of a selection of original UN documents and evidence supporting his analysis of what actually happened at the time of the epic massacres now widely known as the Rwanda Genocide.
When Professor Erlinder was in New York City to speak at several universities, and the Brecht Forum, I interviewed him about how the US manipulates the international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal (on Rwanda (ICTR), and how this affects the people of East/Central Africa, in particular.

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Whither Uganda? Election 2011

On February 6th, the day of the KPFA News report below, the Uganda Monitor reported that US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, were in Uganda to speak to the three opposition presidential candidates, Kizza Besigye of Inter-Party Cooperation, Olara Otunnu of the Uganda Peoples Congress, and Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party, and that the meeting “formed the basis of their engagement with President Museveni.” The Monitor also reported that “Uganda is a key strategic partner to the US in its role in maintaining regional stability.”

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Melanie Nathan on Uganda’s Slain LGBT Activist David Kato and International Human Rights Organizing

KPFA and AfrobeatRadio News reported on the rally in Harvey Milk Plaza for slain LGBT rights activist David Kato in Uganda, LGBT rights in Africa, and international human rights organizing, on 02.05.2011.
Ann Garrison spoke to Melanie Nathan, a former South African living in the San Francisco Bay Area; Nathan is a lawyer, a Marin County Human Rights Commissioner, an LGBT rights activist, and an Editor/Contributor to the international publication LezGetReal, a Gay Girl’s View of the World.

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An Obituary to a Great Son of LGBT Africa

Sorrow, loss, and grief engulf Uganda’s LGBT community as we lay to rest our friend, brother, and colleague, David Kato Kisule. As we mourn the loss of Africa’s brave human rights defender, we celebrate him for the leader and visionary that he was.
David lived his life for his friends, even defending those he hardly knew. His energy and quick response to security matters within the LGBT community was why we named him “security.” David was always concerned for the safety of others. Many times, he put himself out of the way for the sake of others. He fed, dressed, comforted, and housed many members of the community who were homeless.

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Museveni Regime Denies Kato’s Murder was Homophobic

How can Ugandan Deputy Police Spokesperson Vincent Sekate, before doing an investigation, be so very sure that David Kato’s murder had nothing to do with his being openly gay, or with his work as advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda?
And why does the US keep throwing money and weaponry behind the regime that Sekate speaks for, that of Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda for the past 25 years? Why did my California Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, co-sponsor a bill to further arm and empower the Museveni regime?

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Ann Garrison talks to Uganda’s Olara Otunu

On New Year’s Eve, I spoke to Olara Otunnu for KPFA News about children in armed conflict regions, as the holiday season closed. Olara is a Ugandan lawyer and human rights advocate, who served as President of the International Peace Academy from 1990-1998, as UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict  from 1997 to 2005, then as President of the LBL Foundation for Children based in New York City.
This is the complete conversation, not only about children in armed conflict regions, but also about Uganda, Uganda’s …

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KNCHR urge Release of Kenyans Arrested in Uganda.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has continued for calls to the Ugandan authorities to release the Kenyans rendition to Uganda over the July 11th bombings.

”The Uganda police cells are in poor conditions, those Kenyans imprisoned there are being given a single meal per day” Wakafuzi was quoted as saying.