Uganda must find, punish Kato killers: Obama

US President was "deeply saddened" by the murder of Ugandan gay activist.

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 09:50 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was "deeply saddened" by the murder of Ugandan gay activist David Kato and urged that those who commit such "unconscionable" crimes face justice.

"In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David`s work," Obama said.

In a written statement, the President said that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and people of trans-gender were routinely subjected around the world to "unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate”.

"In the weeks preceding David Kato`s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered," Obama said in a written statement.

"It is essential that the governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable.”

"LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights," Obama said.

"My administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognise the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all."

Bureau Report