Uganda Parliament Proposes Death Penalty in New HIV/AIDS Bill

May 19, 2010

by Jim Burroway | Box Turtle Bulletin

This looks uncomfortably familiar to those of us who have been following the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Details are sketchy:

The long awaited HIV/AIDS control bill has been tabled in Parliament for the first reading today morning.The bill seeks to penalize deliberate spread of HIV/AIDS, with death as the maximum punishment.

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In Uganda, Push to Curb Gays Draws U.S. Guest

May 4, 2010

by Josh Kron | New York Times

Lou Engle of TheCall ministries addressed Ugandans in Kampala

As storm clouds brewed in the near distance, about 1,300 people gathered at the grassy Makerere University sports grounds here for a special Sunday afternoon rally and prayer service that, its organizers said, was to discuss homosexuality, witchcraft, corruption and the fear of violence leading up to the country’s presidential election next year.

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Watch Pastors Stand Against Anti-Gay Ugandan Bill

April 29, 2010

from DC Agenda


National Faith Leaders to Hold Vigil in D.C. to Stop the Export of Homophobia by U.S. Evangelists

April 27, 2010

by Esther Rubio-Sheffrey | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Religion offers hope and often inspires individuals to paths of righteousness, but historically, murders have also been justified, and in some cases, instigated by religious institutions and their leaders.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Uganda and the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” government officials are considering.

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UK to Ban Uganda MP if Antigay Bill Passes

April 20, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

David Bahati, the Uganda MP who sponsored legislation that would impose the death penalty on gay people, will be barred from traveling to the UK if the bill passes. The fate of the antigay bill remains unclear to British diplomats.

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Senate Passes Resolution Condemning Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill and Similar Efforts Worldwide

April 14, 2010

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) calling on members of the Ugandan Parliament to reject the so-called “Anti-Homosexuality Bill.” The bill, which was introduced in the Ugandan parliament in October 2009, would expand penalties for homosexuality in Uganda to include the death penalty, and require citizens to report information about homosexuality to the police or face imprisonment.  In addition to condemning the proposed legislation in Uganda, the bipartisan resolution also urges all countries around the world to reject and repeal similar laws that criminalize homosexuality, and encourages the United States Department of State to closely monitor human rights abuses based on sexual orientation.  In addition to the proposed bill in Uganda, there are laws on the books in nations around the world criminalizing homosexuality.  In several countries including Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, the penalty for homosexuality includes the death penalty.

“I am glad that so many political, religious and civic leaders in Uganda and around the world have spoken out against this hateful and dangerous bill before the Ugandan Parliament.  Sadly, this legislation is just one example of actions taken around the world to restrict the rights of people just because of their gender or sexual orientation.  We need to speak out consistently against all such discrimination.  The Senate’s passage of this resolution begins to move us in that direction, and I will continue working with my colleagues and the administration to continue to address this issue,” said Feingold, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

The resolution reads:

RESOLUTION

Calling on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject the proposed ‘‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’’, and for other purposes.

Whereas a bill introduced on October 14, 2009, by a member of Parliament in Uganda would expand penalties for homosexuality to include the death penalty and requires citizens to report information about homosexuality to the police or face imprisonment;

Whereas many countries criminalize homosexuality, and in some countries, such as Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, the penalty for homosexuality includes the death penalty;

Whereas the United States, in seeking to promote the core American principles of equality and ‘‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,’’ has long championed the universality of human rights;

Whereas religious leaders in the United States, along with representatives from the Vatican and the Anglican Church, have stated that laws criminalizing homosexuality are unjust; and

Whereas the people and Government of the United States recognize that such laws undermine our commitment to combating HIV/AIDS globally through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by stigmatizing and criminalizing vulnerable communities: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) calls on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject the ‘‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’’ recently proposed in that country;

(2) urges the governments of all countries to reject and repeal similar criminalization laws; and

(3) encourages the Secretary of State to closely monitor human rights abuses that occur because of sexual orientation and to encourage the repeal or reform of laws such as the proposed ‘‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’’ in Uganda that permit such abuses.


In Africa, a Step Backward on Human Rights

March 12, 2010

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Washington Post

Hate has no place in the house of God. No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity — or because of their sexual orientation. Nor should anyone be excluded from health care on any of these grounds. In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings, children of the same God, by racial classification and then denied many of them fundamental human rights. We knew this was wrong. Thankfully, the world supported us in our struggle for freedom and dignity.

It is time to stand up against another wrong.

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Being Gay in Uganda: One Couple’s Story

March 8, 2010

by Glenna Gordon | Time Magazine

Pepe Julian Onziema looks great in a suit. Tall and lanky, she doesn’t slouch to hide her height and doesn’t apologize for her boyish figure. Or for anything. She’s got at least 10 suits: pinstripes, white linen, black, gray, navy and others. She buys them from a guy who runs a shop on Entebbe Road, a major Kampala thoroughfare. He knows her build, and he knows what she likes.

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Who Will Stand Against Uganda’s Brutal Anti-Gay Law?

February 17, 2010

by Kathleen Parker | Washington Post

In a time of constant calamity and crisis fatigue, proposed legislation in Uganda to execute gays passes through the American consciousness with the impact of a weather report.

Corrupt politicians count on the brevity of the American attention span, but certain items demand a tap of the pause button. How exactly does the idea of executing gays evolve in a majority-Christian nation? Interesting question.

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Ten Things to Oppose the Anti-Homosexuality Legislation in Uganda

February 9, 2010

by Walter Mosley | the Nation

Although homosexuality is criminalized in 80 countries, the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 is the most egregious attempt to sanction homophobia and threaten the human rights of all its citizens. The bill, introduced by parliamentary member David Bahati and strongly influenced by US religious right, previously called for the death penalty for “any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex,” now making homosexual conduct punishable by up to life imprisonment. Other features of the bill include extraterritorial jurisdiction to punish gay Ugandans living out of state and up to three years imprisonment for anyone who refuses to report the existence of any perceived LGBTI individuals to the police.

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