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Rwandan police arrest prominent Ugandan gay rights activist
May 12, 2017 / 1:12 PM / 5 months ago

Rwandan police arrest prominent Ugandan gay rights activist

Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera poses during a press meeting in Stockholm on November 27, 2015. REUTERS

KIGALI (Reuters) - A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist was arrested upon her arrival at the airport of the Rwandan capital Kigali on Friday on suspicion of “drunkenness and gross misconduct”, police said.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is known for her struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal. She arrived at Kigali’s international airport to meet American filmmakers, according to her Twitter account.

“Jackline N. Kasha is temporarily held at the airport over drunkenness and gross misconduct. Appropriate actions will be taken on her case,” Rwandan police said on an official Twitter account.

They did not give further details. Police were not immediately available for comment

The arrest of Kasha, a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize, was denounced by the foundation that gives the award.

“We are looking into disturbing reports of Alternative Nobel and Uganda LGBT leader Kasha Jacqueline arrested in Rwanda last night,” the Right Livelihood Award Foundation said on Twitter.

Reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Editing by Aaron Maasho and Tom Heneghan

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