Uganda’s Pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill

My stomach churned when I read about these cruel and stupid measures involved in Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009, a proposed bill which would:

Reaffirm the lifetime sentence currently provided upon conviction of homosexuality, and extends the definition from sexual activity to merely “touch[ing] another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”

Create a new category of “aggravated homosexuality” which provides for the death penalty for “repeat offenders” and for cases where the individual is HIV-positive.

Criminalizes all speech and peaceful assembly for those who advocate on behalf of LGBT citizens in Uganda with fines and imprisonment of between five and seven years.

Criminalizes the act of obtaining a same-sex marriage abroad with lifetime imprisonment.

Adds a clause which forces friends or family members to report LGBT persons to police within 24-hours of learning about that individual’s homosexuality or face fines or imprisonment of up to three years.

Adds an extra-territorial and extradition provisions, allowing Uganda to prosecute LGBT Ugandans living abroad.

It’s just unconscionable.

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  • http://www.globalmusings.org Sagie

    That gives a solid reason to give asylum on grounds of persecution to the LGBT people from Uganda.


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