Uganda: Stop the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Published: February 21, 2014

 On 20 December the Ugandan Parliament passed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which entrenches hatred and discrimination against those who are, or who are believed to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI). The Ugandan Penal Code already prohibits ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’. This Bill goes much further by including a range of different people who could be targeted for arrest for “aggravated homosexuality” – an offence that would carry a punishment of life imprisonment.  Those who could be charged include:

 
• “serial offenders”
 
• anyone who is HIV positive and found to have had sexual relations with a person of the same sex – even when such conduct is consensual and protected. 
 
Other disturbing provisions of the draft bill include:
 
• criminalizing the “promotion” of homosexuality
 
• compelling HIV testing in some circumstances
 
The Bill is now with the President who can veto it or ask Parliament to reconsider specific provisions. Even with amendments, this Bill would remain a clear affront to the human rights of the LGBTI community. We have to act fast if we want to stop this Bill!
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