The Ugandan parliament is set to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, under the sponsorship of MP David Bahati. If this Bills passes it will register that Ugandans are ascribing to the view that “homosexuality is not a human right.” (Quote David Bahati to Melanie Nathan) The Bill may be passed within a fortnight, surreptitiously; but that cannot silence the world.
Read about the latest on the impending Bill here – madikazemi.blogspot.com/2011/08/uganda-kill-gays-bill-back-within.html
This is a petition we started today at change.org – to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Museveni of Uganda and the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda. We hope our readers will support this endeavor. Ugandans are probably unaware as to how we will react. Let us tell them in advance of passage.
Ugandans must know ahead what the consequences will be; let us tell them now:-
1. American and International Corporations will not be able to function in a Country where employers cannot send gay and lesbian executives, employees, representatives;
2. The U.S. Government and other countries would be placing its gay and lesbian envoys, employees at risk – regardless of diplomatic immunity -
3. The LGBT communities around the world and allies will be calling for trade boycotts and divestment from Uganda;
4. Tourism to Uganda will be boycotted by the International community;
5. Ugandan Coffee importers will be targeted in the U.S.A.
6. Uganda’s interests in the U.S.A. and other countries will be targeted for protests;
7. The world LGBTI community and allies will continue to pressure President Zuma to remove Jon Qwelane from Uganda and to stop South African investment in Uganda;
8. The Gay communities of the world will demand the U.S.A. and U.K. and other Western countries offer asylum to LGBTI people in Uganda and safe passage to other countries.
9. Activists will target the Banks that provide services in Uganda with boycotts and account closures;
10. Uganda will be excluded from international sports;
11. U.S. will be pressured to stop aid to Uganda;
The world will not tolerate any country criminalizing homosexuality, arresting and sentencing homosexuals; gays, lesbians and transgender people, live as others do; living one’s natural orientation is not a crime.
Uganda must understand that notwithstanding the fact that it is a sovereign nation and that its parliament can pass any laws, if it plans to impinge on basic human rights such as the right to one’s natural orientation, it will as a Country isolate itself, and must be prepared to live accordingly.
The above will apply even if the death-sentence is removed from the Bill.
Thank you to the world for caring about all people.
In Solidarity with our African Family, and in memory of our Brother David Kato.
Our stand shall be the same, whether or not the death penalty clause is taken out. We will not stand for the criminalization of a natural orientation. It is a human right to be true to one’s nature, the way one was born. There is no such thing as recruiting gays. It is simply not possible to force someone to be attracted to a member of the same-sex. The entire premise for the Bahati bill is flawed and Ugandans should not be duped by the self-serving rhetroic and myth.
More About the Bill:-
Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (also known as the “Kill the Gays Bill“), if enacted, would broaden the criminalisation of same-sex relations by introducing the death penalty for people who have previous convictions, are HIV-positive, or engage in sexual acts with people of the same sex or for adults who do so with those under 18 years of age. The bill also includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex sexual relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that support LGBT rights. Homophobia is rampant in Uganda and is thought to have been one of the causes of the bill.
The private member’s bill was submitted by MP David Bahati in Uganda on 14 October 2009. Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in Uganda—as it is in many sub-Saharan African countries—punishable by incarceration in prison for up to 14 years. The proposed legislation in Uganda, however, has been noted by several news agencies to be inspired by American evangelical Christians. A special motion to introduce the legislation was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three American Christians asserted that homosexuality was a “direct threat” to the cohesion of African families.
The bill, the government of Uganda, and the evangelicals involved have received significant international media attention as well as criticism and condemnation from many Western governments and those of other countries, some of whom have threatened to cut off financial aid to Uganda. It has also received protests from international LGBT, human rights, civil rights, and scientific organisations which rejected the claims behind the need for the bill as utterly false. International reaction to the proposed bill has characterised it as barbaric and abhorrent. In response to the attention, a revision was introduced to reduce the strongest penalties for the greatest offenses to life imprisonment.
Intense international reaction to the bill caused President Yoweri Museveni to form a commission to investigate the implications of passing it. After the bill was held for further discussion for most of 2010, in May 2011, parliament adjourned without voting on the bill. It may be taken up again in the next session, expected to begin in June, but the bill would have to return to the beginning of the legislative process.[
In 2010 Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, joined a growing chorus of opposition condemning the bill as discriminatory and called for homosexuality to be decriminalised in the country. “The bill proposes draconian punishments for people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered – namely life imprisonment, or in some cases, the death penalty,” she said. “To criminalise people on the basis of colour or gender is now unthinkable in most countries. The same should apply to an individual’s sexual orientation.”
Pillay called on the Ugandan government to put the draft bill on hold because it breaches international human rights standards. It has provoked criticism from western governments and gay rights groups and protests in London, New York and Washington.
by Melanie Nathan