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Petitioning United States Secretary of State John Kerry and 7 others

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton: Pressure Uganda to end the "Kill Gays Law"

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After years of international human rights wrangling against strong internal support, the African country’s legislature expects a law on the books by the end of the year that imposes increasing penalties for homosexuality. Earlier provisions to include a death penalty for repeat “offenders” has been dropped..

While we may be celebrating newly won gay rights in the USA, in Uganda gay standards of life are getting worse. European Countries have threatened to cut foreign aid to Uganda should this law pass. Uganda is a regular recipient of American foreign aid. USAID, the State Department subdivision that administers foreign aid, reports that Uganda received $431.2 million in aid in 2008; $416.9 million in 2009; and an estimated $456.8 million in 2010. Requested disbursements for 2011 total $480.3 million. In addition, we have a US military presence in Uganda.

Several international statutes prevent such discrimination against such people and international obligation requires Uganda to protect its own citizens. The USA has moral obligation to not accept this law by maintaining a normal relationship with Uganda, because when human rights are threatened anywhere in the world they put the rights everywhere at risk. In addition, Uganda has a terrible HIV prevention record. Stigma is one of the largest contributors to people not getting tested and sex education cannot be achieved when what is being taught is divorced from reality.

Help be a light to the world and prevent this senseless law and use our full diplomatic muscle to prevent it.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/12/uganda-gay/1699065/

Letter to
United States Secretary of State John Kerry
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson
President of the United States President Obama
and 5 others
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Senator, Chair of US Committee on Foreign Affairs John Kerry
Congressman, Ranking Member of US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Howard Berman
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Pressure Uganda to end the "Kill Gays Law"

After years of international human rights wrangling against strong internal support, the African country’s legislature expects a law on the books by the end of the year that imposes increasing penalties for homosexuality. Earlier provisions to include a death penalty for repeat “offenders” has been dropped..

While we may be celebrating newly won gay rights in the USA, in Uganda gay standards of life are getting worse. European Countries have threatened to cut foreign aid to Uganda should this law pass. Uganda is a regular recipient of American foreign aid. USAID, the State Department subdivision that administers foreign aid, reports that Uganda received $431.2 million in aid in 2008; $416.9 million in 2009; and an estimated $456.8 million in 2010. Requested disbursements for 2011 total $480.3 million. In addition, we have a US military presence in Uganda.

Several international statutes prevent such discrimination against such people and international obligation requires Uganda to protect its own citizens. The USA has moral obligation to not accept this law by maintaining a normal relationship with Uganda, because when human rights are threatened anywhere in the world they put the rights everywhere at risk. In addition, Uganda has a terrible HIV prevention record. Stigma is one of the largest contributors to people not getting tested and sex education cannot be achieved when what is being taught is divorced from reality.

Help be a light to the world and prevent this senseless law and use our full diplomatic muscle to prevent it.