Human rights groups oppose Uganda's proposed death penalty for homosexuality

Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately.

This week, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, of the ruling party, tabled the private member's bill in parliament to create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality".

According to his bill, those convicted of having gay sex with disabled people and those under the 18 would face the death penalty.

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Please write letters of protest to the following people.

President Yoweri Museveni
The Republic of Uganda
State House Nakasero
P.O.Box 24594
Kampala, Uganda

Jerry P. Lanier, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda
U.S. Embassy in Uganda
P.O. Box 7007,
Kampala
Uganda
http://kampala.usembassy.gov/

Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Ambassador to the United States
5911 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Tel: (202) 726 4758
Fax: (202) 726 1727
pkamunanwire@ugandaembassyus.org


These organizations are apparently the ones who are spearheading these human rights injustices in Uganda. Here are their addresses as well.

Gay To Straight
P.O. Box 901
Bowie, MD 20718
IHFinfo@changeispossible.com

Abiding Truth Ministries
P.O. Box 2373
Springfield, MA 01101


Here is a Ugandan GLBT organization, if you wish to sign up or offer any support or help in any way: Sexual Minorities Uganda at www.sexualminoritiesuganda.org.
Minneapolis City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

For Immediate Release:

December 18, 2009

Contacts:

IGLHRC: Hossein Alizadeh, 212-430-6016, halizadeh@iglhrc.org
The Task Force: Pedro Julio Serrano, 646.358.1479, pserrano@thetaskforce.org
Minneapolis City Council: Cam Gordon, (612) 673-2202, Cam.Gordon@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

(New York, December 18) - The city of Minneapolis, Minn., a sister city of Kampala, Uganda, passed a resolution on Friday, Dec. 18 condemning Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Councilmembers Scott Benson and Cam Gordon co-authored the resolution in light of the negative impact the law would have on all citizens of Kampala, pointing out that the bill "targets lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans, their advocates and defenders and anyone who fails to report them to the authorities."

The resolution amended the Policy Initiatives section of the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda for the City of Minneapolis to insert a section entitled "Human Rights Restrictions in Uganda." Noting that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill "[w]ould criminalize such activities as funding LGBT organizations, publishing or broadcasting or marketing materials on homosexuality," the Resolution affirms that, "[t]he City of Minneapolis opposes this legislation."

On October 14, 2009, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in Uganda's Parliament. In its current form, the proposed bill would:

* Imprison anyone convicted of "the offense of homosexuality" for life;

* Punish "aggravated homosexuality"-including repeat offenders, or anyone who is HIV positive and engages in same-sex activity-with the death penalty;

* Forbid the "promotion of homosexuality," and jail defenders of LGBT rights

* Require reporting anyone known to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender within 24 hours or face up to three years in prison.

The resolution passed by the City Council of Minneapolis demonstrates the still growing international opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and solidarity with LGBT people worldwide.

Other sister cities of Kampala include Kigali, Rwanda; Rajkot, India; Ashkelon, Israel; and Hudson, USA.

Resolution of the City of Minneapolis

By Benson, Gordon, Glidden, Hofstede, Remington, Hodges, Colvin Roy, Ostrow

Amending the Policy Initiatives section of the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda for the City of Minneapolis by inserting a section entitled "Human Rights Restrictions in Uganda."

Whereas, the Uganda Legislature is considering a law that would strengthen penalties against the promotion of homosexuality, and

Whereas, Bill Number 18, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 targets lesbian, gay and transgender Ugandans, their advocates and defenders and anyone who fails to report them to the authorities; and

Whereas, the legislation would criminalize such activities as funding LGBT organizations, publishing or broadcasting or marketing materials on homosexuality; and

Whereas, a person guilty of promoting homosexuality could be subject to a fine or imprisonment;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the Policy Initiatives section of the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Agenda for the City of Minneapolis be further amended by inserting a section entitled "Human Rights Restrictions in Uganda" stating as follows:

The Uganda Legislature is considering a law that would strengthen penalties against the promotion of homosexuality. Bill Number 18, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 targets lesbian, gay and transgender Ugandans, their advocates and defenders and anyone who fails to report them to the authorities. The legislation would criminalize such activities as funding LGBT organizations, publishing or broadcasting or marketing materials on homosexuality. A person guilty of promoting homosexuality could be subject to a fine or imprisonment. The City of Minneapolis opposes this legislation.

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Contacts:

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) in New York:
Hossein Alizadeh
+1-212-430-6016
halizadeh@iglhrc.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
Pedro Julio Serrano
+1 646-358-1479
pserrano@theTaskForce.org

Minneapolis City Council
Cam Gordon, Minneapolis City Council Member, Second Ward
+1 612-673-2202 (office), 612-296-0579 (cell)
Cam.Gordon@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
Proposed Uganda Law: If You See A Homosexual, Call The Police

The Ugandan Parliament is considering a bill that would increase penalties for homosexuality, in some cases making it punishable by death. Host Michel Martin talks to NPR's East Africa Correspondent Gwen Thompkins about reaction to the anti-gay bill, what its passage could mean for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Uganda and the contested role a group of American Evangelical pastors have played in drumming up support for the bill.
Ethics minister says Uganda's death penalty for gays will be ditched

The Ugandan minister for ethics and integrity has suggested that the country will ditch its plans to execute gays in favour of life imprisonment.

Oh, well, that's okay then. - DG
Haven't had a chance to listen to this yet. Just passing it along. - DG

Fresh Air | A Different Perspective On 'The Family' And Uganda

In November, Fresh Air talked to Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

Sharlet has spent years researching The Family, a well-connected but not well-known religious group that several U.S. senators and congressmen — including Tom Coburn, John Ensign, Joe Pitts, Jim DeMint and Sam Brownback — are affiliated with.

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