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

 


Uganda: Sanctions urged against homophobic leaders

Uganda: Sanctions urged against homophobic leaders

Travel ban & assets freeze. Switch aid but don’t cut it

London,UK - 25 February 2014

Responding to the Ugandan president signing into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said:

"Governments around the world should impose a travel ban and assets freeze on the key movers of the new homophobic legislation: Yoweri Museveni, Rebecca Kadaga, David Bahati, Simon Lokodo, Martin Sempa, Solomon Male and Scott Lively.

"They are implicated in stirring homophobic hatred, which has coincided with an escalation of threats and mob violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Ugandans.

"These people are the modern-day ideological inheritors of Dr Goebbels’s hateful propaganda methods, with their vile slurs equating homosexuality with child molestation, rape and bestiality.

“Foreign aid should be cut from the Ugandan government and switched to agencies that don’t discriminate, to signal to the regime that human rights abuses have a cost.

“The new anti-gay law extends the current maximum penalty of life imprisonment for anal intercourse to a mandatory life sentence for any same-sex act, even mere kissing and touching with homosexual intent. Attempts to commit any form homosexual contact carry an automatic seven year jail term.

“The legislation also introduces maximum sentences of five to seven years imprisonment for aiding, abetting, counselling or promoting homosexuality, including advocating LGBT rights and funding or assisting LGBT people or events.

“This law violates the non-discrimination provisions of the Ugandan constitution, the 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 previously agreed by Ugandan parliamentarians.

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

“The criminalisation of homosexuality is contrary to the Ugandan constitution and to the international human rights obligations that Uganda has signed and pledged to uphold.

“This law 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.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Act 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,” said Mr Tatchell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Israel’s Demolition Of Palestinian Homes

Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. UN Photo/Violaine Martin More>>

ALSO:

  • Palestinian Centre For Human Rights - Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinians
  • Tribespeople Call On WWF To Stop Funding Abuse

    This Baka man from Ndongo village reported that he was severely beaten by anti-poaching squads on two occasions. His neighbors have appealed to WWF to stop funding such abuses. More>>

    Ebola: UN Crisis Response Mission Opens New Office In Mali

    Workers build an enclosure at the Mayagba Ebola community care centre construction site in Bombali District, which is among the areas worst affected by the disease in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/John James More>>

    ALSO:

    UNESCO Chief Denounces Murder Of Somali Radio Journalist

    Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz More>>

    Palestinian Refugees From Syria Face Worsening Situation

    Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah More>>

    ALSO:

    Greece Risks Prolonged Social Crisis

    Greece’s severe financial crisis has bred social unrest and intolerance of the nearly one million irregular migrants living in the country (October 2012). Photo: IRIN/Kristy Siegfried More>>

    Madagascar: Warning Of ‘rapid’ Spread Of Plague In Capital

    Ny Hantra Andriatsifasoa survived the bubonic plague after being infected in Madagascar in 2011. Photo: IRIN/Tiana Randriaharimalala More>>

    New Bird Flu Strain In Europe Threatens Poultry Sector

    24 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) today warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along ... More>>


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news