With the confirmation that the "kill the gays" law will be passed before Christmas in Uganda, the country is now a more dangerous place for all LGBTQ persons.
The proposed law punishes "aggravated homosexuality" with death, and for the mere act of being a known homosexual, life in prison. The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will become law before Christmas, and spoke of it as a "gift" to the Ugandan people.
The Huffington Post story reporting the announcement is here:
Xtra Magazine, a gay newspaper in Toronto, reported on the lackluster performance of the Canadian government to deal with the large backlog of claimants at our High Commission in Nairobi and at our consulate in Kampala, which is impeding the refugee claimants fleeing Uganda's hateful climate. In order to claim refugee status, claimants must make their way to Canada first. In cases where threats are eminent, the government, at the cabinet level, can make it so a claimant can claim refugee status before leaving their country.
This is what is called for as the LGBTQ community is under threat of constant violence. In places like Iran, scores of homosexuals are hung for loving the wrong person every year. We have to help our LGBTQ brothers and sisters before it is too late.
(the situation at the Nairobi in indeed dire, the government has known for some time that all persons seeking refugee status in Nairobi are not being served well and more funding is required, see Testimony on this fact from Prof. Nicole LaViolette from U of Ottawa on the backlogs in Nairobi:
The Xtra story is here:
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