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Ugandan lesbian activist wins human rights award

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, the Ugandan gay rights campaigner, has been honored with a prestigious human rights award.

The activist, who has risked death to speak up for other LGBT people, received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva on Wednesday.

The winner of the annual award is decided by 10 human rights groups.

Nabagesera is the founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda and award organizers commended her “rare courage” in a country which punishes homosexuality severely.

She has appeared on national television and radio to call for LGBT rights and an end to homophobia, despite being physically attacked and forced to move house regularly to escape harassment and death threats.

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