Proposed Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a Vicious Attack on Human Rights

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The "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" was re-tabled before the Ugandan Parliament in February 2012. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has promised to pass this bill as a Christmas gift to Uganda. The bill now appears on the Parliament’s order of business, following the discussion and consideration of legislation related to oil production in Uganda. The provisions of the bill range from years of imprisonment and high fines to risk of life imprisonment or the death penalty. The bill was first introduced in 2009. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Ugandan non-governmental organization, has vehemently protested re-introduction of the bill.

Statement from Damian Ugwu, Regional Program Coordinator for Africa, IGLHRC

"The Ugandan government has an obligation to promote and protect the human rights of its population without distinction of any kind, including sexual orientation or gender identity. The Uganda anti-homosexuality bill is therefore a vicious attack on human rights of sexual minorities in Uganda. The bill, if passed, will surely incite hatred and specific acts of discrimination, harassment or violence against anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We must raise the questions: Why is the Ugandan parliament bringing this legislation forward at this time? Whose interests does it serve?"

See Also: Statement of Protest: Anti-homosexuality Bill in Uganda, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)

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