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Case of 19 Ugandan LGBT youth arrested and detained on COVID-19 related charges taken to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

On 14th May 2020, HRAPF, in conjunction with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and Robert. F. Kennedy Human Rights, filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, challenging the continued detention of 19 youth, who were arrested due to their perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, but later charged and remanded for allegedly violating presidential directives on COVID-19. In a statement issued on the filing of the petition, the rights groups decried Uganda's use of the COVID-19 response to persecute the LGBT youth.