The Makwan 2013 Prize to Patrick Leuben Mukajanga, Ugandan activist for LGBT rights in the International Prize for human rights-dedicated to the memory of Moloudzadeh Makwan, a gay 21-year-old, hanged in Iran December 5, 2007 and presented annually by EveryOne Group according to the decision of an international jury-is attributed to the 2013 to President of St. Pauls Voice Centre in Kampala, Uganda, author of important actions to protect the gay minority.
The International Prize for Human Rights - dedicated to the memory of the twenty-gay Moloudzadeh Makwan, who was hanged in Iran December 5, 2007 and awarded annually by EveryOne Group in accordance with the decision of an international jury - for 2013 is attributed to the President of St. Voice Pauls Centre in Kampala, the author of important measures to protect minority gay
Pictured at Lecturn, Rev. Patrick Leuben Mukajanga
BERGAMO - The year 2013 was a very difficult year for activists and humanitarian workers in the world. The economic crisis, the conflicts, the lack of attention of governments and supranational institutions towards the weakest groups in society have generated humanitarian tragedies anywhere. Racism and homophobia have increased exponentially almost everywhere, while the intolerant movements and parties have reached positions of power in many nations. In countries where religious laws affect those civilians are witnessing terrible persecution of minorities affected by prejudice. In the European Union some years you live stagnant atmosphere on the human rights front, and despite the many recommendations and proclamations to protect minority shareholders, the violations of the rights of refugees are becoming more serious and Europe has turned into a 'insensitive fortress on the front of the protection of the Roma the same phenomenon occurs and the European institutions express strategies and programs, only to abandon the Roma and Sinti communities intolerance manifested by governments, media and citizenship; do not see effective programs of anti-racist education or an improvement of laws and culture against homophobia. The jury of EveryOne Group, formed by human rights defenders, has decided to award the 2013 Makwan Ugandan human rights activist Patrick Leuben Mukajanga.Patrick, 37, is the founder of St. Pauls Voice Centre (SPAVOC) in Kampala, which helps LGBT people in social difficulties, often driven home at a young age or who are victims of violence. Patrick is very active in the dissemination of a culture of tolerance and mutual respect in a nation characterized by a strong homophobic, where homosexuality is illegal.Despite intimidation, threats and detentions by the police, Patrick has become a reference point for the gay community in Uganda, and in a difficult climate, organizes its association with gay pride and demonstrations against homophobia, while also promoting the AIDS prevention practices. Patrick Leuben Mukajanga, operating in synergy with other organizations for LGBT rights, including EveryOne Group (of which the activist is a member), has granted international protection and asylum to many refugees fled to the Ugandan homosexuals in the European Union.
The Prize Makwan is a symbolic recognition, awarded each year to a human rights defender who has distinguished himself for his humanitarian work in non-violent defense of life or a political figure able to take a position publicly and specifically tolerant towards minorities, acting as an example of civilization for the whole society.
Since 2007, the Award Makwan - now in its seventh edition - has been assigned to nonviolent activists who have worked in a decisive way to prevent humanitarian tragedies and save lives, often receiving institutional persecution, intimidation, imprisonment, violence and censorship. Here are the names entered so far in the gold: Glenys Robinson, Viktoria Mohácsi, Burnad Fatima Nateson, Nikolay Alexeyev, Hamdy al-Azazy and Active Citizenship in Civitanova Marche.
Luigi Dalla Via, Mayor of Schio, Italy
Saimir Mile, President of La Voix des Rroms, Paris, France
Patrick Leuben Mukajanga, President of the St. Paul's Voice Centre, Kampala, Uganda
Elena Fiorini, Minister for Law and the Rights of the City of Genoa
Kantilal Parmar, defender of the rights of the Dalits, Gandhinagar, India
Contacts Rom, Facebook Group, France
Alberto Hundred, Mayor of Legnano, Italy
Rev. Patrick Leuben Mukajanga of Affirming Pentecostal Ministries Uganda and St. Paul's Voice Centre Kampala, Uganda. You can donate to St. Paul's Voice Centre here:
Who is Patrick Leuben Mukajanga, the winner of the Makwan Prize 2013 by SPAVOC Mukajanga Patrick Leuben is a 37 yr old Ugandan by nationality. He studied at Ibanda Teachers’ College and was awarded a diploma in education in 2001. He is currently pursuing a degree in education at Kampala International University. He is the 3rd son of eight children of Birebwoha Naome, who was known during her lifetime as Momma Naome to many LGBTI Activists, and his father, named Yokaana Galiwango, both of blessed memory. Mukajanga Patrick Leuben is the founder and leader of Saint Paul’s Voice Centre (SPAVOC), a LGBTI advocacy organization in Kampala, Uganda. SPAVOC provides safe houses for LGBTI members for security, and provides shelter and support to tortured members of the LGBTI community. He has advocated for Ugandans to be granted asylum in safe countries outside of Uganda and petitioned and lobbied for those in the process of seeking asylum to not be deported back to danger in Uganda. Patrick is a tireless fighter for gender equality and LGBTI rights. SPAVOC has launched a school for orphaned Ugandan children where they can attain education from Ddembe Standard Primary School. SPAVOC has also offered support to Affirming Pentecostal Ministries Uganda, who hold LGBTI welcoming church services and do not hold homosexuality to be a sin. SPAVOC has sensitized LGBTI members of its organization to HIV/AIDS awareness and safer sex practices, providing essentials like condom and libes to them. At the beginning of every month and again at the closing of the month in several areas of Kampala, such as the Namasuba suburbs recently this year events are held. So far 8 separate events have been held and HIV/AIDS education and awareness conducted such that over 1299 people were helped health-wise and given sound advice. SPAVOC has done all what possible to fight for the rights of LGBTI members and to ensure their safety. St. Paul’s Voice Centre in coalition with other organizations, national and internation, is fighting LGBTI discrimination in Uganda and the rest of the world, standing for example in solidarity with Russian LGBTI community. Uganda is one of the many countries in the world were being LGBTI is still a crime and it can even get you killed. Mukajanga Patrick Leuben was a friend of David Kato’s working with him at Integrity Uganda. Patrick was called to activism when he found Uganda police disturbing members of the LGBTI community. Through the support of his companions and fellow LGBTI activists, Patrick founded SPAVOC to meet the needs of the oppressed LGBTI community. He has held conferences with coalitions of Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organizations at which diplomats from North American and European embassies have spoken. These meetings help coordinate efforts across various non-governmental agencies and non-profit organizations for the betterment of the LGBTI community and raise awareness in the Kampala diplomatic sphere about the plight of LGBTI community members. Ugandan Police have disturbed Patrick during the planning and funding of the funeral of his departed Mother, due to homophobic discrimination, Patrick is honored to be nominated with his esteemed colleagues in human rights efforts around the world for this award. Activists who inspire him are Roberto Malini, Bishop Desmond Tutu, David Kato, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His interest is to see everyone is free with justice, equality and peace. In the photo, Patrick Leuben Mukajanga
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