Ugandan gay activist David Kato was found in his home yesterday after he was brutally beaten. His injuries proved too severe and he died on the way to the hospital. A motive has yet to be determined, but many are connecting the murder to an article in Rolling Stone (a Ugandan tabloid, not the American music magazine) last year titled “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos.” The article included names and addresses and called for those pictured to be hanged.
This all comes at the height of tension in Uganda and the world over the “Kill the Gays Bill” recently making it’s way through the country’s parliament. If passed the bill would make being homosexual illegal and would declare some homosexual acts punishable by death. (A lesbian in the U.K. is currently fighting to save her life as she faces deportation back to Uganda this week.)
Kato, who’s lawyer says the activist was bludgeoned by a hammer, was described as a “fearless voice for human rights” by the Human Rights Watch. He was 42-years-old.
The video below is part of a news report from CNN on the murder. The reporter recounts interviewing Kato right after his picture was published in the Rolling Stone article back in October.
In case you’re playing catch up, here’s a bit of Rachel Maddow’s coverage of the “Kill the Gays Bill” from a little over a month ago: