Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda a threat to Human Rights Everywhere

26 November 2012

Vicious Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda a threat to Human Rights Everywhere

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Out at Work network is calling on the New Zealand Government to condemn a bill before the Ugandan parliament that would introduce the death penalty for anyone caught engaging in a homosexual act. The CTU Out at Work network represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBTI) workers.

“It is a matter of utmost urgency for our government to join governments around the world to condemn this odious and repugnant legislation,” said Outwork spokesperson Karena Brown.

“We will also be asking our Government to make it known, using the Commonwealth Leaders Forum, that governments and organisations around the world are outraged by this Bill. This is where governments and international organisations can really make a difference by responding with a unified voice against such legislation that is in total breach of all international human rights conventions and treaties.

Karena Brown said the proposed legislation is another attack on the rights of gay men and lesbians in several countries.

“We cannot stand by and ignore this gross international threat to human rights, which could set back the human rights of LGBTI people everywhere,” she said. “We are calling on union members and civil society organisations to join the online petition protesting this bill.”

Karena Brown said that Uganda had a similar Bill in 2009 before its Parliament, which was shelved because of the massive international outcry. “So it can be stopped and we must make every effort we can to stop it again,” she said.

In a press statement made this weekend the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) condemned the Bill as extremely shocking and calling for Ugandan members of parliament to reject it.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news