Citing an environment of fear, persecution and anti-gay violence in his home country of Uganda, John Abdallah Wambere has applied for asylum in the United States.
Wambere, 41, came to prominence for his work with Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights and provides health and education services.
He announced his decision to seek asylum at a on May 6 in Boston. Wambere is currently living in Cambridge, Mass.
According to an filed in support of his asylum application, Wambere left Uganda for the U.S. on Feb. 20. At the time, he says, he planned to return home.
Then, on Feb. 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni , which criminalizes homosexuality, as well as "aiding and abetting homosexuality," and "promotion of homosexuality."
Violators of the law can face sentences of 14 years in prison for a first-time offense, and up to life in prison for the offense of "aggravated homosexuality."
TVNL Comment: These Draconian laws were promoted and supported by members of the American Evangelical movement. Why is this not natioally condemned? Just asking.....