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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Uganda man was sentenced to 30 years for killing gay rights activist
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On November 10, 2011, the Ugandan High Court sentenced Enock Nsubuga to 30 years in prison for beating prominent gay rights activist David Kato to death. Nsubuga claimed that he attacked Kato with a hammer because Kato made sexual advances. The case drew international attention to Uganda and other countries in Africa with controversial homosexuality laws, including Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law [PDF], which made "aggravated homosexuality" a crime punishable by death. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay criticized the law as discriminatory and harmful to Uganda's international reputation.

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