Ugandan gay rights activist Kasha Nabagesera, who was awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals human rights prize, received the prize yesterday, October 13th.
"Ugandan Kasha Nabagesera has won the 2011 Martin Ennals human rights prize for defending the rights of her country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In an interview with swissinfo.ch, she talks about prejudice, fears and her motivations.The Ugandan woman received the global human rights award in Geneva on Thursday. The prize is granted annually by the Geneva-based Martin Ennals Foundation. Under Uganda’s legal system, homosexuality is a criminal offence that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. A bill submitted in 2009 sought to entrench in law discrimination and hatred against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."