World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


London rally against Uganda anti-gay Bill

President Museveni urged: Don’t sign new law

Repeal the current criminalisation of homosexuality

Respect human rights & the Ugandan constitution

London - 9 January 2014

Fifty, mostly African, campaigners rallied outside the Uganda High Commission in London yesterday (8 January) to urge the Ugandan president to not sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was passed by the Ugandan parliament on 20 December 2013. See this report on the MPs vote: http://bit.ly/1cxoqro

Photos of the protest: http://bit.ly/1dxmNXy
Free use. For high resolution versions, click on the desired photo or contact the PTF - our email address is below.

The protesters chanted: “Gay rights in Uganda. Gay rights in Africa. Gay rights everywhere” and “2-4-6-8. Museveni, don’t hesitate. 3-5-7-9. Stop the anti-gay bill, don’t sign.”

Yesterday’s protest was jointly organised by the African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group and Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, often referred to as the ‘Jail the Gays’ Bill, extends the current penalty of life imprisonment for anal intercourse all other same-sex acts, even mere kissing and touching. It introduces jail terms of five to seven years for promoting homosexuality, including advocating LGBTI rights and assisting LGBTI people or events,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“The Bill violates the non-discrimination provisions of the Ugandan constitution, Commonwealth Charter and the African Charter on Human & People's Rights, to which Uganda is a signatory. It does not conform to the human rights check list agreed by Ugandan parliamentarians.

“The Bill was passed without a quorum and it was not on the parliament's order of business. It is invalid,” he said.

Wednesday’s protest had four demands.

1. We urge President Yoweri Museveni to not sign the bill
2. We call on the Ugandan parliament to repeal the current criminalisation of homosexuality under sections 145, 146 and 148 of the penal code.
3. We urge the Members of Parliament to vote against the bill if it is brought back to parliament.
4. We ask Ugandan and international political, cultural, religious and business leaders to speak out against the Bill and to defend the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans.
“The British government and world leaders should speak out and demand immediate action from the Ugandan government to end the criminalisation of homosexuality,” said Richard Banadda, coordinator of the protest.

“This legislation is scaring away foreign investors, expatriates, tourists and foreign donors, who dislike the bigoted homophobic atmosphere. Some are fearful that they could be blackmailed and prosecuted under this Bill and under the existing draconian sections145, 146 and 148 of the Ugandan penal code. Disinvestment would affect innocent Ugandans economically, said Mr Banadda.

“President Museveni prides himself as a liberator and a protector of all Ugandans. This bill neither liberates nor protects any individual,” said Edwin Sesange, Director of the African LGBTI organisation Out & Proud Diamond Group.

George Dhabangi, a Trustee of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group, added: “The Ugandan government should stop meddling with what two consenting adults do in private, as long as they don't interfere with the rights and freedoms of other people. It is none of the business of the state.”

Peter Tatchell said:

“The criminalisation of homosexuality is contrary to the Ugandan constitution and to the human rights obligations that Uganda has signed and pledged to uphold. This Bill is creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, including mob beatings of suspected LGBT people. Much of this bigotry is fuelled by anti-gay Christian fundamentalists who are supported by right-wing evangelical pastors in the US.

“This bill is in some respects even more draconian than the extreme homophobic laws of countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“The anti-gay legislation is part of a wider attack on civil society, including the harassment of opposition activists, detention without trial, torture, extra-judicial killings, restrictions on the media and the suppression of protests and strikes. LGBT and straight Ugandans have a common interest in defending democracy and human rights. We stand with them in solidarity,” concluded Mr Tatchell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Lack Of Funds Forces UN Agency To Halt Gaza Rebuild

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes More>>

ALSO:

Freeport Wins 6-Month Export Extension

An aerial view shows the site of the Grasberg Mine, operated by US.-based Freeport-McMoRan, in Papua in this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin) More>>

ALSO:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Speaks Out Against Sarawak

After receiving a letter from the network of communities affected by the dams, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticises the Sarawak government’s multi-dam initiative More>>

Egypt: UN Rights Chief Urges End To Excessive Use Of Force

As police, protesters clash in Egypt, UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force More>>

Ukraine: Minsk Peace Accords Must Be Revived

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, addresses the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More>>

ALSO:

Connie Lawn: Middle East Turmoil

There is always turmoil in the Mid East but at this time three major developments have broken at the same time. In Saudi Arabia 91 year old King Abdullah has died... In Yemen, the President and his top advisors have resigned. More>>

ALSO:

Russia Supports Indonesia`s Possible Move To Buy Sukhoi 35

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Russian government supports Indonesias wish to buy the multipurpose fighter jet Sukhoi 35 to enhance the countrys air force. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news