A campaigner in Uganda has launched a petition calling on the International Criminal Court to arrest the author of the country’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill.
Magembe Norman, a straight Ugandan gay rights activist, has been told the court in The Hague is considering taking action against three extremist anti-gay spokespeople.
Now he is upping the pressure with a digital petition on Change.org demanding Uganda Member of Parliament David Bahati, pastor Martin Ssempa and Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhamel face justice.
They were three of the leading voices behind the bill, still awaiting debate in the Ugandan parliament, that would further criminalize homosexuality with the death penalty for some including repeat ‘offenders’.
In a letter passed exclusively to Gay Star News last week, the ICC said they were ‘analyzing the situation’ and will consider whether there is reasonable basis to believe the crimes have been committed and the gravity of the crimes.
Norman told us: ‘I feel that I am almost there, and that it is just a matter of time before justice is served.
‘This petition is extremely vital since it will put the prosecutor under pressure to act.’
He wants to bring this to the world stage to ensure Bahati, Ssempa and Muhamel are punished for their crimes against humanity.
‘It serves as a warning to the others that persecution of LGBTs is a criminal offense and they will never get away with it,’ Norman said.
Bahati, who submitted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, has expressed a desire to ‘kill every last gay person in Uganda’.
Pastor Martin Ssempa has reportedly shown hardcore gay porn in churches to stir up anti-gay sentiment, and has referred to LGBT people as ‘abnormal’.
Giles Muhame, the former editor of tabloid Rolling Stone, published a front-page article showing 100 pictures of Uganda’s most well known gay people with a caption reading ‘Hang Them’.
It is believed this is why gay rights activist David Kato was brutally murdered by two hammer strikes to the head.
While the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill continues to be used as a threat by the Uganda government, homosexuality is still illegal. Gay women can be punished for up to seven years imprisonment, while gay men can face a lifetime in jail.