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FUAH supports the work of Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund

June 30, 2014

In February 2014, the Ugandan Parliament approved and President Yoweri Museveni signed a new law criminalizing homosexuality with sentences up to and including life imprisonment. The law also makes “aiding and abetting” homosexuality a criminal offense, carrying a sentence of up to seven years in prison.


Since the law was passed, attacks on lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender people have increased, with large numbers of beatings and several murders.

Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund wrote:
"Olympia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends [Quakers] has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government’s passage of a law targeting the LGBTQ population. This law has created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGBTQ Ugandans and those who help them are at immediate risk. We are appalled at hearing about those who have already been kicked out of their homes, denied basic rights, abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, or killed, or who live in constant fear.

"Olympia Monthly Meeting has been called to create the “Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund” project to aid LGBTQ Ugandans who are fleeing their homeland for their lives and safety. We have been given an opportunity to provide direct assistance that will save lives."
In a unanimous decision on April 7, 2014, the Board of Directors of Families United Against Hate decided to become a supporting organization of the Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund project. We sent a donation to aid in this effort, we encourage other groups and individuals to do so to the best of their ability and to share the work of FUST with others.

For more information, please visit: http://friendsnewundergroundrailroad.org/

 

Thank you,

Gabi Clayton

Co-founder of Families United Against Hate

 

Also Co-Clerk, Peace and Social Justice Committee, Olympia Friends Meeting;
Manager, Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund

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