In the wake of gay activist’s David Kato’s vicious murder in Uganda, Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan native and lesbian has faced deportation from the U.K. Uganda is currently in the midst of tension over possible new legislation being called the “Kill the Gays Bill.” If passed openly gay citizens could be imprisoned and certain “homosexual acts” could be punishable by death.
Namigadde lawyers argued that she might face death if she was forced to return, but her case was still pending as she was boarding her flight back home. Luckily the British High Court ruled in her favor just before the plane took off Saturday.
From the NY Times:
A 29-year-old Ugandan woman who says she is a lesbian won a last-minute stay of deportation on Friday night from a British High Court judge who heard her lawyers plead that her life would be at risk if she was forced to return to her homeland.
The judge’s ruling came after Brenda Namigadde, who came to Britain as a student in 2003, had been taken from an immigration detention center outside London to Heathrow Airport ahead of a flight to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. Her lawyer said she had already boarded the flight when immigration officials were notified of the judge’s ruling and then escorted Ms. Namigadde off the aircraft and returned her to the detention center.
Appeals and protests on Ms. Namigadde’s behalf intensified in the past 48 hours after the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, David Kato, was beaten to death on Wednesday with a hammer at his home outside Kampala. In October, a Kampala tabloid newspaper, Rolling Stone, ran an angry diatribe identifying 100 individuals it described as “Uganda’s top homos.” The article was accompanied by a front-page picture of Mr. Kato and a banner saying, “Hang Them.”