Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, a Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. She had been invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week but the UK Border Agency have denied her a visa, apparently over concerns about her financial status.
The chairwoman of Foyle Pride, Shay Gillespie said: “Foyle Pride has invested heavily in bringing Kasha to Derry despite having a very limited budget and relying on donations and the support of local businesses, money and resources that will now be lost. I can’t understand why the UK is the only country to deny her entry and deny the opportunity for the people of Derry and Northern Ireland as a whole the chance to hear this inspirational woman speak.”
Ms Nabagesera is the founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda and faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in Uganda.