Update on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill; President Will Not Assent to “Fascist” Legislation

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Late last week, Uganda's president Yowari Museveni spoke out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill but stopped short of declaring in his letter to Parliament what he planned to do about the bill.According to a press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights dated Jan. 18, Museveni will not sign what he termed as "fascist" legislation. (18 January 2014 | Kampala) A delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) met with … [Read more...]

Full Text of Letter From Uganda’s President Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Kadaga Regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

I have been out most of the day and so I am just now seeing this letter from Uganda's President Yowari Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. The letter was sent to me by an activist from Uganda.I hope the viewer below works for you; otherwise, click the link to read it.It is not clear what the next move is. Given that the letter is dated December 28, 2013, Museveni would have until January 28 to formally send it back to Parliament. Otherwise, it would become law. … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President Rejects Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Says Parliament Broke the Law By Passing It

According to the Daily Monitor for Friday, January 17, President Museveni sent Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga a December 28 letter scolding Parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality bill without a quorum.Museveni will apparently not assent to the bill and advised Kadaga that  "the NRM Caucus will find a scientifically correct position on the proposed anti-gay legislation" according to the Monitor.Museveni apparently called gays "abnormal," but added that legislation would not s … [Read more...]

Sen Jim Inhofe Heading To Uganda; Will He Speak Against The Anti-Homosexuality Bill?

According to a tweet from Maria Burnett at Human Rights Watch Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is heading to Uganda. From sources I trust, I have learned that Inhofe and a Congressional delegation will be in Uganda next week.  .@Inhofe should publicly state he does not support the “odious” #AHB during his trip to #Uganda. http://t.co/TVvxqE5aff @maddow— Maria Burnett (@MariaHRWAfrica) January 15, 2014  Inhofe (@jiminhofe) has stated in the U.S. that he opposes the Anti-H … [Read more...]

Was The Death Penalty Really Removed From Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill? (UPDATED)

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UPDATE - 1/14/14: This morning, I received an email from Charles Tuhaise, researcher for Uganda's Parliament. Charles provided clarification about some of the issues I raised in this post. Thanks to him for the information. I am placing his comments in advance of yesterday's post because they address some of my questions below. Regarding the manner of handling bills in Uganda, Tuhaise wrote: Over here, the original Bill remains intact throughout the debate period until the Bill comes up for … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Accuses Donors of Bullying; Forgets Uganda’s Bullying of Gays

According to the Uganda Sunday Monitor: The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has warned the West against “bullying” Uganda over passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Addressing Uganda’s ambassadors abroad during a meeting with the House committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday, Ms Kadaga took a swipe at foreign countries for targeting Uganda, yet still keeping economic relations with other African countries with the same law. As a taxpayer, I am glad the government is considering human … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President May Not Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill; Ssempa Involved in Stealth Plan to Pass Bill

According to Uganda's New Vision, Ugandan president Yowari Museveni may not sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. He told the NV that he would read it before he decides what to do.While it may seem like such a course should not need to be stated, Museveni has not returned a bill to Parliament during this Parliament. Thus, his statement is a signal that he may depart from his usual practice.Museveni could slow the bill down by sending the bill back to Parliament with suggestions. The … [Read more...]

What makes someone gay and can people change orientation?

In 2010, I submitted a summary of sexual orientation research to Uganda's Independent. They published it in their Uganda Talks section. In light of the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and recent discussions on this blog, I am reprinting it here. There isn't much that I would change about it three years later but I will comment at the end of the post. At Uganda Talks we welcome guest blogs from our readers. Today, Professor Warren Throckmorton writes about the anti-homosexuality b … [Read more...]


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