FUAH supports the work of Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund
June 30, 2014
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.
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."
For more information, please visit:
Co-founder of Families United Against Hate
Also Co-Clerk, Peace and Social Justice Committee,
Olympia Friends Meeting;
Manager, Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund