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September 4, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga wants to bring back the anti-gay law

The speaker of the Ugandan parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been cut from a business forum in London due to her homophobic views.

She was meant to speak later this month at the fourth Ugandan Investment Forum, which promotes the country as a favored investment destination. Other speakers include the vice president and several ministers and business leaders.

Kadaga vowed to pass the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2012, which would have made gay sex punishable by death or life imprisonment, and last month she re-tabled the bill.

September 3, 2014

David Bahati, the author of the draconian anti-gay bill struck down by Uganda’s Constitutional Court in August, gave notice yesterday that he will reintroduce the bill during this sitting of parliament

Like a killer in a horror movie, Uganda’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Law that would have seen people jailed for life for ‘aggravated’ homosexuality and repeat offenses is back from the dead after its author, National Resistance Movement MP David Bahati, gave notification to his parliament’s deputy speaker of his intention to bring the bill back again.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 11, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.

Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.

Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.

August 11, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.

Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.

Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers are determined to reinstate one of the most draconian laws in the world

Uganda’s anti-gay law could be returning as soon as next week.

A group of lawmakers have announced they will call for a motion, to reinstate the law, be passed in parliament on Tuesday (12 August).

The 165 members of parliament who have signed the petition are hoping a swift vote will undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers are determined to reinstate one of the most draconian laws in the world

Uganda’s anti-gay law could be returning as soon as next week.

A group of lawmakers have announced they will call for a motion, to reinstate the law, be passed in parliament on Tuesday (12 August).

The 165 members of parliament who have signed the petition are hoping a swift vote will undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

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 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.