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January 17, 2014

Report claims President Yoweri Museveni refuses to back the law previously called the ‘Kill the gays bill’ and has attacked parliament’s Speaker Kadaga for passing it

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has attacked parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and said gays are ‘abnormal’ but could be saved.

The bill, previously known as the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but with the death penalty now removed, was pushed through in a shock move in December.

Now Museveni has joined the critics of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who was instrumental in forcing it through – even though some claimed not enough members of parliament (MPs) were present to make a quorum.

January 10, 2014

Parliamentary speaker has told Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and other Western countries to mind their own business

Uganda’s speaker Rebecca Kadaga has told Western countries to back off and stop ‘bullying’ them on anti-gay laws.

The parliament speaker, who once promised to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill as a Christmas present to Ugandans, has said their country can make its own decisions.

She referenced President Barack Obama, who visited Senegal last year, claiming the president Macky Sall ‘kept him quiet’

Kadaga also slammed British billionaire Richard Branson, who urged for a boycott of Uganda.

January 10, 2014

Parliamentary speaker has told Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and other Western countries to mind their own business

Uganda’s speaker Rebecca Kadaga has told Western countries to back off and stop ‘bullying’ them on anti-gay laws.

The parliament speaker, who once promised to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill as a Christmas present to Ugandans, has said their country can make its own decisions.

She referenced President Barack Obama, who visited Senegal last year, claiming the president Macky Sall ‘kept him quiet’

Kadaga also slammed British billionaire Richard Branson, who urged for a boycott of Uganda.

December 25, 2013

SMUG is defiant in the face of parliament pushing through act giving life in prison to ‘repeat’ gays. Calls on president not to sign and make it law

Leading LGBTI rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has pledged to fight to the end to stop the anti-gay law passed by the country’s parliament.

The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday (20 December) took LGBTI activists and governments around the world by surprise. It appears it may even have been a shock to Uganda’s own government.

December 20, 2013

Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now passed by parliament. LGBTI people 'afraid for their lives'. Hunt feared. President could sign it into law as early as tomorrow. Death penalty dropped but life in prison remains for homosexuality

Uganda’s parliament has passed the dreaded anti-gay bill today (20 December), leading LGBTI people to fear a 'hunt'.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put forward a motion for second reading today and the bill passed.

Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

December 20, 2013

Ugandan gay activist Edwin Sesange of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group calls for action as his country passes life in jail for homosexuality

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has today fulfilled the promise she made a year ago in Canada.

Rebecca Kadaga has been a champion of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, now an act – a vicious crackdown on LGBTI people in the country.

By contrast Kadaga, while launching the human rights check list for parliamentarians, said: ‘The people of Uganda will not find comfort until the rights of all are observed.’

December 20, 2013

Ugandan gay activist Edwin Sesange of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group calls for action as his country passes life in jail for homosexuality

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has today fulfilled the promise she made a year ago in Canada.

Rebecca Kadaga has been a champion of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, now an act – a vicious crackdown on LGBTI people in the country.

By contrast Kadaga, while launching the human rights check list for parliamentarians, said: ‘The people of Uganda will not find comfort until the rights of all are observed.’

December 6, 2013

A former minister has launched a campaign urging politicians to learn from the 'heroic actions' of Ghana, Nigeria and Russia and 'protect Ugandan citizens'

A former Uganda ‘ethics and integrity’ minister has said the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill must be made law now.

James Nsaba Buturo has urged members of parliament to stop debating and pass the long-delayed Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Speaking this week, the politician has said LGBTI supporters are on a ‘propaganda spree’ to stop the Uganda bill passing.

‘Homosexuality supporters...are using every known international institution to threaten their opponents to normalize the act,’ Buturo told reporters.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

March 8, 2013

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs has funded several initiatives aiming to protect LGBT Ugandans from anti-gay hate

The Canadian government has spent thousands of dollars quietly fighting Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ bill.

The government has spent more than $200,000 (US$194k, €150k) helping gay rights initiatives and projects in the African country.

Speaking to Canada’s National Post, a senior Department of Foreign Affairs official said: ‘Canadian officials have conveyed Canada’s concerns with the bill to Uganda’s Foreign Ministry’.

January 9, 2013

After Victoria University in Uganda refused a clause banning discrimination against gay students, the UK's University of Buckingham has suspended their relationship

A British university is stopping accreditation for courses at a Ugandan university in response to the proposed law jailing and possibly killing gay people.

The University of Buckingham has announced it is ‘increasingly concerned’ about Uganda’s human rights record, and wanted the country’s Victoria University to include a clause that no person would be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.

January 2, 2013

Ugandan police arrest a second LGBT advocate and youth worker for law on homosexuality that doesn't exist 

Kabuye Najibu, of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, was arrested in Uganda today while visiting his co-worker who had been arrested on New Year’s Eve.

Najibu has been arrested on charges which relate to homosexuality, and could possibly include the unfounded allegation of ‘recruitment into homosexuality’, which does not exist under Ugandan law.

December 14, 2012

Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill won't be passed by Christmas, country's prime minister distances himself from proposals, Pope blesses parlaimentary Speaker who is pushing for the law

Uganda's promise of passing a 'kill the gays' bill as a Christmas present looks unlikely to happen now as parliament enters its last day before it breaks until the New Year.

The proposed law would give life in jail for gay sex and even the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

However, despite the Anti-Homosexuality Bill listed under a ‘notice of business to follow’ on the Uganda parliamentary schedule for the last two weeks, it has steadily slipped further down the agenda.

December 4, 2012

Uganda puts Anti-Homosexuality Bill on official parliamentary agenda despite international outcry

Uganda’s Parliament has resumed work today and a debate and vote on the so-called ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ could happen at any time.

The proposed law would give life in jail for gay sex and even the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

December 4, 2012

Uganda puts Anti-Homosexuality Bill on official parliamentary agenda despite international outcry

Uganda’s Parliament has resumed work today and a debate and vote on the so-called ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ could happen at any time.

The proposed law would give life in jail for gay sex and even the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

November 23, 2012

Unconfirmed reports indicate Uganda's anti-gay bill will no longer include the death penalty as a maximum punishment for 'aggravated homosexuality'

Uganda has reportedly dropped the death penalty from its notorious anti-homosexuality bill.

Member of Parliament Medard Segona told the BBC that 'substantial amendments' had been made to the 'Kill The Gays' bill but refused to give any more details.

According to the unconfirmed report, politicians have, nevertheless, endorsed the legislation which was yesterday (22 November) added to the parliament's schedule of debate.

November 23, 2012

David Cecil allowed to leave country until trial resumes in January, while Uganda debates 'kill the gays' bill

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has had his court case postponed.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

November 22, 2012

Anti-Homosexuality bill could be heard Thursday or thereafter

Uganda's proposed 'Kill the Gays' bill has been placed on the schedule of the country's Parliament and can be debated as early as Thursday (22 November) or sometime over the next several weeks.

Andre Banks, Executive Director for All Out, a global movement fighting for LGBT equality, spoke out against the bill on Wednesday (21 November).

November 22, 2012

Anti-Homosexuality bill could be heard Thursday or thereafter

Uganda's proposed 'Kill the Gays' bill has been placed on the schedule of the country's Parliament and can be debated as early as Thursday (22 November) or sometime over the next several weeks.

Andre Banks, Executive Director for All Out, a global movement fighting for LGBT equality, spoke out against the bill on Wednesday (21 November).

November 17, 2012

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has promised the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be a 'Christmas gift' to the Ugandan people

Uganda’s parliamentary speaker has demanded the Anti-Homosexuality Bill be passed by Tuesday (20 November).

Rebecca Kadaga has requested the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee bring the bill, known as ‘Kill The Gays’, to the floor imminently, the Monitor reports.

The speaker advised the Ugandan committee to remember the high demand of the public to address the virus of homosexuality in the African country.

November 17, 2012

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has promised the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be a 'Christmas gift' to the Ugandan people

Uganda’s parliamentary speaker has demanded the Anti-Homosexuality Bill be passed by Tuesday (20 November).

Rebecca Kadaga has requested the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee bring the bill, known as ‘Kill The Gays’, to the floor imminently, the Monitor reports.

The speaker advised the Ugandan committee to remember the high demand of the public to address the virus of homosexuality in the African country.

November 14, 2012

Cyber activists from Anonymous release names and contact details of Ugandan lawmakers, while petition garners 1.5 million signatures

Cyber activists are threatening Ugandan officials after the country's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga promised to pass the 'Kill the Gays' bill as a 'Christmas gift'.

The so-called 'hacktivists' from Anonymous New Jersey sent a stark warning to lawmakers, urging them not rubber stamp the draconian legislation which would mean gay Ugandans could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

November 14, 2012

Cyber activists from Anonymous release names and contact details of Ugandan lawmakers, while petition garners 1.5 million signatures

Cyber activists are threatening Ugandan officials after the country's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga promised to pass the 'Kill the Gays' bill as a 'Christmas gift'.

The so-called 'hacktivists' from Anonymous New Jersey sent a stark warning to lawmakers, urging them not rubber stamp the draconian legislation which would mean gay Ugandans could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.