A Ugandan judge has awarded two women $7,000 (£4,700), saying their rights were infringed when they were arrested on suspicion of being lesbians in 2005.
One of them was undressed by police to prove she was a woman and assaulted.
"The verdict is welcomed with excitement by the gay community," activist Kasha Jacqueline told the BBC.
"It is a Christmas surprise for us," she said, adding that the judge had stressed such treatment was wrong. Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda.
The case is believed to be the first time homosexuals have taken the police to court in Uganda, where they face much discrimination.Read more at BBC News