Months after gay rights activist David Kato, 43, appeared on the cover of a Ugandan tabloid article listing the addresses of local LGBT leaders and calling on readers to murder them, he has been killed in his home. Kato had quit his job as a schoolteacher to work fulltime for LGBT rights. Ugandan police say they do not think his murder, from blows to his head with a hammer, was a hate crime. In the past two months, ten other people have been killed in the area during robberies, according to police.
Val Kalende, chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups, said, “David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009. The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.”
The U.S. government has yet to condemn the murder. Instead, Johnnie Carson, America's top diplomat for Africa said via Twitter, "We are horrified and saddened by the murder of prominent human rights activist David Kato in Uganda yesterday afternoon." UPDATE: See comments for links to statements from the State Department ("profoundly saddened") and the White House ("deeply saddened"), thanks to Mel P.
European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said, "David Kato was a man that fought for the rights of people to live freely regardless of their sexual orientation in Uganda. I call for the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice He was a remarkable human rights defender." Buzek called on Uganda to legalize homosexuality, adding, "I underline that sexual orientation is a matter falling within the remit of the individual right to privacy in the framework of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms."