Uganda set to vote on ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill is back and due to be put to a parliamentary vote this session

Uganda set to vote on ‘Kill the Gays’ bill
06 February 2013

Uganda is set to put to a legislative vote during this year’s parliamentary session, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which punishes gays with capital punishment.

The ‘Order Paper’ for parliamentary business 2013 was published yesterday (5 January) and listed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (known as AHB or ‘Kill the Gays’), 2009.

Its currently listed as the eighth item of ‘business to follow’ once the rest of the agenda is listed.

The law will broaden the criminalization of same-sex relationships by dividing homosexuality into two categories; aggravated homosexuality and the offense of homosexuality.

Under the only version of the bill currently in the public domain, it gives the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

That is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, pedophiles and repeat offenders.

The ‘offense of homosexuality’ includes same-sex sexual acts or being in a gay relationship, and will be prosecuted by life imprisonment.

The bill also includes harsh penalties against people who fail to report LGBT people to Ugandan authorities.

In November 2012, the speaker of the parliament of Uganda promised to enact the bill, which was originally put to the government in 2009.

The bill remained on the parliament’s Order Paper of 2012 and was widely expected to go before parliament before Christmas but was delayed.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill had been temporarily shelved because of international criticism.

Several European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes, with the UK government warning Uganda it would face severe reductions in financial help.

US President Barack Obama has described it as ‘odious’, and Canadian politician John Baird has said it is ‘vile, abhorrent, and offends decency’.

Speaking with GSN, Geoffrey Ogwaro, co-cordinator of Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Rights (CSCHRCL) expressed grave concern about its re-introduction.

He said: ‘The AHB is rearing its face again, since parliament opened from its recess on 4 February, the bill has been scheduled on the list of business to follow at number eight.

‘We as the CSCHRCL are opposed to this bill and we are surprised that even as parliamentarians are continuously being cautioned as to the economic, health, social, political and international relations ramifications if the bill is passed into law, they still insist on going ahead with it.

‘Our only hope is that if the bill gets to the floor for debate, that the debate will be informed and considering of the different dimensions on the issue. And that those MPs who are more critical in their approach will find the courage to air their views.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Morocco jails three men for gay sex

Two were caught having sex in a mechanic's workshop
No thumbnail available

Frankie Grande cuddles his way into Big Brother final five with hunky Cody Calafiore

The gay and presumably straight houseguests bond in bed as they reflect on their summer of competition
No thumbnail available

Teen shares father's horrifying response to his coming out: 'I'm going to puke'

'You are trying to ruin me. This is worse than death'
No thumbnail available

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Germany protests Russian gay propaganda law

Ben & Jerry’s Germany has used social media to attack Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda, calling on it to ‘tear down this law!’
No thumbnail available

Gay Irish police banned from wearing uniform at Pride

Researchers find gay, bisexual and lesbian police officers fear coming out in case it will damage their career
No thumbnail available

All aboard! Europe’s gay cruise you need to know about

La Demence Cruise offers a sexy and intimate alternative to American gay super-cruises, taking half the number of people to European destinations unreached by larger ships
No thumbnail available

Same-sex transgender couple plan to sue over revoked marriage license in Taiwan

A pair of Taiwanese transgender women plan to take their government to court after their marriage license was revoked when the second woman registered her transition from being a man
No thumbnail available

Over 150,000 sign petition against Northern Ireland's anti-gay legislation

Over 30,000 of the signatures come from Northern Ireland residents
No thumbnail available

Gay marriage will help fight HIV, say health experts

Terrence Higgins Trust voices support for gay marriage in UK, claiming the legislation will improve sexual health by reducing stigma
No thumbnail available

A new wave of gay hate in Italy

As Italian MP Massimo Calearo calls gay kisses ‘disgusting’, LGBT activists move forward their agenda despite political hatred