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Welsh gay rights group demands first minister defends equality during trip to Uganda

First Minister Carwyn Jones will spend a week in Uganda to visit projects supported by the Wales for Africa program

Welsh gay rights group demands first minister defends equality during trip to Uganda

A leading gay rights organization in Wales is requesting First Minister Carwyn Jones take on Uganda’s anti-gay bill when he’s in the country next week.

Stonewall Cymru issued its statement today (4 January).

‘The First Minister’s visit comes at a time when the Ugandan Parliament wishes to imprison gay people and deny them their human rights,’ Director Andrew White said.

‘We would like to see the First Minister do his bit by showing his support for their right to live and love,’ White continued.

Late last month the Ugandan Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Originally known as the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life imprisonment for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’

The legislation is now on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s desk and there are three options: he can sign the bill, making it law immediately. The president can reject it, pushing it back to parliament. Or Museveni can recommend changes in the proposal.

Museveni insists he will study the bill carefully before signing and is taking it to the caucus of his National Resistance Movement, the country’s leading political organization.

‘The bill is currently with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who has the power to veto it before it passes into law,’ Stonewall Cymru noted in its release.

According to a Welsh government statement, Jones will be in Uganda to monitor progress of development projects supported by the Wales for Africa program.

The ventures range from a girls’ school dormitory to a regional hospital.

The first minister will be in Uganda between 6 and 12 January.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museven

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