Multiple sources confirm the brutal and tragic beating death of LGBT activist David Kato in Uganda. From BBC:
A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who last year sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual has been beaten to death, activists say.
Police have confirmed the death of David Kato but say they are investigating the circumstances.
Uganda’s Rolling Stone newspaper published the photographs of several people it said were gay next to a headline reading “Hang them”.
Human Rights Watch condemns the death and calls for a complete investigation:
Police in Uganda should urgently and impartially investigate the killing of the prominent human rights activist David Kato, Human Rights Watch said today. Kato had dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) in Uganda, facing threats and risks to his personal safety.
The government should ensure that members of Uganda’s LGBT community have adequate protection from violence and take prompt action against all threats or hate speech likely to incite violence, discrimination, or hostility toward them, Human Rights Watch said.
“David Kato’s death is a tragic loss to the human rights community,” said Maria Burnett, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “David had faced the increased threats to Ugandan LGBT people bravely and will be sorely missed.”
It would seem that the United States is not the only country where media can call for violence (see Glenn Beck, “You’re going have to shoot them in the head“) and have someone follow up on it.
Rest in peace, David.
Update: Yes, the “Hang them” was indeed part of the headline when the Ugandan newspaper outed Kato: