International Criminal Court: Investigate and Prosecute The Top 3 Homophobic Ugandans For Crimes Against Humanity
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International Criminal Court: Investigate and Prosecute The Top 3 Homophobic Ugandans For Crimes Against Humanity

    1. Magembe Norman
    2. Petition by

      Magembe Norman

      Kampala, Uganda

Uganda is one of the most homophobic nations in the world and it is estimated that over 500,000 L.G.B.T people in the country are at risk of harassment and discrimination. With Homosexuality already illegal in the country punishable by 14 years in prison by incarceration, there is no single law in the country prohibiting persecution of gays and so people are not scared to do it. Most Ugandans are against homosexuality but three Ugandans are at the top when it comes to persecution of gays and these are David Bahati, Giles Muhame and Martin Ssempa.

David Bahati came to international attention in October 2009 after introducing the Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a Private Member's Bill on 13 October proposing that a new offence be created in Uganda named "aggravated homosexuality" which would be punishable as a capital offence. The proposals included plans to introduce the death penalty for gay adults who had sex with those of the same sex under 18, with disabled people, or when the accused party is HIV-positive, or for those previously convicted of homosexuality-related offences. Bahati has expressed a desire to "kill every last gay person." Giles Muhame was the managing editor of Rolling Stone. On 9 October 2010, the newspaper published a front page article—titled "100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak"—that listed the names, addresses, and photographs of 100 homosexuals alongside a yellow banner that read "Hang Them. It is therefore right to say that David Kato was killed by Giles Muhame since his inclusion in this article led to his death. Martin Ssempa is a Ugandan pastor who everyday incites gay genocide in Uganda and is the face of Uganda's anti homosexuality movement.

The above aforementioned people can never be brought to book in Uganda for what they have done to the gays and it is why I filed a complaint against them to the I.C.C calling on the court to ensure justice is served. The I.C.C is in place to fight impunity and this is an opportunity for it to take action against the widespread and systematic persecution of innocent gay men and lesbians in Uganda. We should never allow the above notorious homophobic Ugandans to get away with the pain they have inflicted onto the gays in Uganda and we need to stand up and take action as an International community.

This move is vital because if successful it would bring to book David Bahati, Giles Muhame and Martin Ssempa for persecuting gays in Uganda. Secondly it would send a warning message to others that persecuting someone based solely on sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal and a criminal offense punishable. Similary with the 'Kill the Gays' bill currently looming in Parliament, this might be an opportunity of scaring the Uganda legislators from passing it into law. Therefore I ask the International Criminal Court to prosecute the above criminals for committing a crime against humanity of persecution of gays in Uganda

Recent signatures



      Magembe Norman
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all my petition signers,

      I am glad all of you signed my petition. However my life is in danger here in Uganda because of my actions to help the LGBT community . I filed a complaint to the I.C.C against David Bahati, Giles Muhame and Pastor Martin Ssempa for persecution of gays in Uganda which was followed by this petition you all signed.

      It is at this point that I request for your help to help get me out of Uganda if you can. This is a desperate email and I hope you can do something to save my life. I am constantly receiving death threats because of this and have turned to you as the last resort.

      Please contact me below if you're ready to help:

    2. Ugandan newspaper Red Pepper publishes 'top 200' homosexuals list

      Magembe Norman
      Petition Organizer
      Ugandan newspaper publishes 'top 200' homosexuals list

      The list comes a day after President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill enacting harsher laws on homosexuals. The tabloid Red Pepper published the names, and some photographs, of people they claim are homosexuals, alongside the front page headline: "EXPOSED!"

    3. Anti Gy bill

      Magembe Norman
      Petition Organizer
      President Museveni signs Anti-gay Bill into law

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      Magembe Norman
      Petition Organizer

      Sadly the Anti Gay bill has been passed today 20th December 2013.

      Uganda passes anti-gay bill

      Uganda's parliament has passed the dreaded anti-gay bill today (20 December), leading LGBTI people to fear a 'hunt'. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put forward a motion for second reading today and the bill passed. Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Karamagi Andrew KAMPALA, UGANDA
      • 2 months ago

      This is important to me because all human beings are born equal in dignity and rights.

      • 7 months ago

      People should have the right to love whoever they want.

    • Hermann Dexx NAMUR, BELGIUM
      • 8 months ago

      Because I believe we have too much taken injustice in Africa for granted. Things have to change

      • 8 months ago

      Every human being should have the right to be who they are.

      • 8 months ago

      Violating of human rights must be stopped, criminals who violate must be punished!


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