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Stop Deportation Of Ugandan Doctor

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19 February 2014 : URGENT PRESS STATEMENT TO STOP DEPORTATION OF UGANDAN DOCTOR Dr Paul Nsubuga Semugoma,  a Ugandan medical doctor and human rights activist, has been under arrest for the past 48 hours and is facing the threat of deportation to his country of birth. A group of South African human rights organisations are urgently attempting to halt his deportation as Paul is “wanted” in Uganda for his activism around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in his country. Paul has been in the forefront with the Ugandan Parliament in fighting the Anti-homosexuality Bill, were he presented how the bill not only is a human rights infringement but also a health access dilemma to the Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) community. The human rights situation in Uganda has deteriorated, and the LGBT community is particularly vulnerable at this time.  Paul is at risk should he be deported to Uganda. One of his close friends David Kato was murdere

Dr. Paul Ssemugooma the perennial yet humble activist

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19.2.2014 02.15 pm SA asked to halt Ugandan deportation Image courtesy stock.xchnge Rights groups urged South Africa’s government  Wednesday  to halt the deportation of a Ugandan doctor and gay rights activist over fears that he will be at risk if sent home. Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a medical doctor who has lobbied against Kampala’s tough pending anti-homosexuality legislation, was detained in South Africa  on Monday  by immigration officials. Six rights groups issued a statement calling on South Africa’s government not to expel Semugoma, saying he was “wanted” in Uganda for his activism” around gay issues. “The human rights situation in Uganda has deteriorated, and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community is particularly vulnerable at this time,” the groups said. “Paul is at risk should he be deported to Uganda.” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has announced he will sign into law a controversial anti-gay bill, passed by parliament in December