Karen Ocamb

URGENT: Uganda Parliament May Pass Anti-Gay Bill Tomorrow

Filed By Karen Ocamb | May 10, 2011 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Politics
Tags: Jim Burroway, Kill the Gays bill, Kizza Besigye, Parliament, Uganda

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.

Anti-Homosexuality-bill-Uganda-.jpgThe AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power protests in New York City against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill (Photo via Wikipedia)

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.

GetEQUAL has called for a protest Tuesday afternoon at the Ugandan Embassy Washington, D.C. Additionally, Burroway suggests that people call, write, and/or fax the Ugandan Ambassador to the United States. "Please be polite, but firm."

The contact information is: His Excellency Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Tel: (202) 726 4758 Fax: (202) 726 1727 pkamunanwire@ugandaembassyus.org. You can also sign the AllOut petition and the petition at Avaaz.org.

Please note: "The bill doesn't officially die until the 8th Parliament expires on May 18. It could be called back into special session before then."

Follow developments on this Facebook page and on Warren Throckmorton's blog, as well as at Box Turtle Bulletin.

I have contacted the US State Department to ask what, if anything, they are doing to prevent what surely would be an horrific human rights violation.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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california panda | May 10, 2011 6:01 PM

They have to push this through. They're in debt to their religious extremist masters in the U.S.

In counterbalance to this, the LGBT politicos need to lobby the State Department and have life-threatening oppression due to sexual orientation added as a reason for political asylum in the US. We need to do this while Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State.

Then we should form a 501(c)3 that raises funds to bring the most oppressed ones here. I sure wish we could have gotten David Kato out of there in time!

The rabid anti-gay Christianist campaign will blow up in their faces. In spades! -- no pun intended.

May God protect all our LGBT brothers and sisters of all colors in Uganda!

so don't take me 100% seriously here...but maybe there's a "lemons into lemonade" solution we could apply:

look, uganda obviously has lbgt folks living there, and we have people here who, for a variety of disturbed reasons, would kill the lbgt community if they were allowed to do so...so what about an exchange program?

we send our mentally disturbed over there...they send their lbgt community over here...and everyone is better off then they are now.

what's not to love?

Just to point out the hypocrisy: would the right care about this more if Uganda were a predominantly Muslim nation?

ok alex, i'll take that, and i'll raise you one: imagine if uganda had banned...the worship of jesus christ?

i'm guessing that the fine folks at c street would be suddenly making really, really, sure that the legislation absolutely did "go no farther".

Thankfully, the session ends today. They can still be called back into a special session until May 21, but it's doubtful.

twinkie1cat | May 24, 2011 5:06 PM

MCC churches are contributing to a safehouse in Uganda, although I wonder how they are going to keep it safe.

I think it is time for a "lavendar lift", something similar to what was done for refugees from Vietnam when the communists took over to get as many gay people as possible into safe countries. However, I have also heard that there is a provision in the law that if a Ugandan is found to be living while gay in another country that he or she can be forcibly repatriated in order to be killed.

Y'all who are not Christian, please do not blame this situation on Christians. This has nothing to do with Christianity, but with what the Bible calls false teachers and false prophets. Jesus Christ did not hate and the haters who have infested some of Christianity are nothing but Satan loving bigots. They are upset because they are losing their battle against gays in America just like the lost on abortion and on the persecution of African-Americans. Real Christians do not hate their brothers and sisters! We are known by our fruit and by our love.