Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin reports Tuesday morning that the Ugandan Parliament is likely to take up the HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL BILL, 2010 and the ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY BILL, 2009.
Burroway writes that:
"Wednesday May 11 is a very significant day, and the vote can be an important diversion. Not only is it the last scheduled day of final scheduled session of the 8th Parliament, but it also happens to coincide with the day in which the opposition leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye, plans to return from Nairobi, Kenya, where he had been treated for injuries sustained when he was attacked by security forces during a peaceful protest. ....Human rights advocates have condemned the government's violent response to peaceful protests.
Clearly, passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is very popular among ordinary Ugandans, would be a cynical diversionary ploy on the part of the government....The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, if passed in its current form, would impose the death penalty for those who are HIV-positive, who is a "repeat offender," or whose partner is deemed "disabled" regardless of whether the relationship was consensual. It would also impose a lifetime sentence for other cases. The bill would lower the bar for conviction, making mere "touching" for the perceived purpose of homosexual relations a criminal offense.