Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill May Be Dead but Effects are Still Alive

Published: March 31, 2011

Although Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill appears dead for now, after being declared redundant by the administration of President Yoweri Museveni, Ugandan activists warn its effects are still very much alive, citing the widespread homophobia they say it has caused.

Reports state that Ugandan Minister of Information , Masiko Kabakumba  announced, on Thursday 25 March that the Bill was declared redundant because other laws already make being gay a crime in Uganda and that the Sexual Offenses Bill, would cover any outstanding concerns.

It was reported however that author of the Bill, David Bahati still insists that a “specific and clear” law is still needed to fight the “promotion” of homosexuality, stating that he will push for the Bill to be passed before parliament expires in May.

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