Barclays (@BarclaysOnline) and Citibank (@Citibank): Condemn Uganda’s 'Kill the Gays' Bill
  • Petitioned Edward Skylar

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Citi Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs
Edward Skylar
Head of Corporate Communications, Barclays
Stephen Doherty
Head of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays Group
David Wheldon

Barclays (@BarclaysOnline) and Citibank (@Citibank): Condemn Uganda’s 'Kill the Gays' Bill

    1. Petition by

      Patrick Strudwick

      London, United Kingdom

UPDATE: The Ugandan Parliament session ended before the "Kills the Gays" Bill was discussed. But we can't celebrate. The Bill could return when the Parliament reconvenes in February. So I am keeping this petition open and continue to build support for this campaign. Thank you for your support so far. 

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In a matter of days Uganda is set to pass the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill. The Bill could enshrine in law the death penalty for LGBT people. Activists in Uganda say that one way to stop this is by putting pressure on powerful international banks in the country to condemn the bill. 

Barclays and Citibank - two of the largest banks in the world - both have millions of pounds invested in Uganda and wield a huge influence on the government. Citibank has nearly $300 million in assets invested Uganda, and is a major leader in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Barclays is Uganda’s third largest bank, with more than 1,000 employees in the country.

A public statement from Barclays speaking out against the "Kill the Gays" bill might be the best chance to stop it and save gay people from being executed.

Both banks have supported human rights for LGBT people in the Europe and the US. Barclays is one of the UK's top employers for LGBT people and prides itself on its work championing gay equality in Britain. But they cannot help us in the UK while helping to prop up a regime that kills LGBT people in Uganda.

With the “Kill the Gays” bill looming in Uganda’s parliament, Citibank and Barclays could help stop this bill in its tracks. Their presence in Uganda is significant, and their voices in opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could keep LGBT people in Uganda safe.

Ask Barclays and Citibank to publicly condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, and send a message to Ugandan legislators that criminalising homosexuality with lifetime prison sentences and the death penalty will not be supported by major international businesses.

This is a global campaign. Collin Burton a Citibank customer in the US started a petition there and as a UK Barclays customer I've started this linked petition targeting the banks here in the UK as well.  The counter on this petition reflects the cumulative efforts of both of these petitions. 

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    1. Barclays and Citibank respond

      Katherine Sladden
      Senior Campaigner, UK

      Barclays and Citibank have responded to the petition.

      Barclays said: “Barclays has a strong history of supporting all aspects of diversity, both in the workplace and in wider society. Equally, we are proud of playing our part in the development of economies across Africa, and the key role Barclays plays in the lives of millions of our African customers. Barclays is aware of the proposed legislation relating to homosexuality in Uganda and we are engaging at appropriate levels of the Ugandan Government to express our views.”

      Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Citibank David Roskin said: “While the laws and cultural norms in some countries where Citi operates differ from commonly accepted global standards for human rights, Citi supports equality without regard for, among other personal characteristics, race, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, age, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

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    • Jack Richardson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I can't tell whether the world is getting worse, or just more aware. It is unfathomable that such attitudes have ever existed at any point in history, let alone now.

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    • Chris Cooke OTTERY ST MARY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      We must fight for personal freedom!

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    • Olive Merriman TONBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      To kill gays is wicked, or kill blondes or short legs! No-one chooses their parents or attributes!

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    • Nathan Stephenson REDCAR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Why kill someone because of their sexuality? Imagine if there was a law that made any expressions of love illegal for heterosexuals. You'd be outraged, as would most people. Com on Barclays, you can make it happen. You can save thousands of people from dying pointlessly.

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    • Marilyn Luther BRACKNELL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I'm appalled that a Government can even discuss let alone pass a bill as evil as this. Everyone has a right to life regardless of colour, religion or sexual orientation. Please put pressure on those able to make a difference.

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