Any day is a sad day for the world when senseless violence takes the life of a kind, compassionate human being. Yesterday was no exception, when David Kato, the litigation and advocacy officer for SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda) was killed in his home in Kampala.
David was a friend, and worked closely with IPPF on a number of occasions over the last two years. He spoke about the law and human rights at the Vienna International AIDS Conference. Just a few months ago, David, representing Africa, provided an important perspective at a meeting of the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development about barriers to universal access of HIV care & support. He made sure that due attention was given to this issue for all people, including those from sexual minority groups.
|David Kato speaking at IPPF satelitte session in Vienna. Placard he created read "AIDS 2010 demands withdraw of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill in its entirety now!"|