Ugandan Parliament and the President don't introduce, pass or sign the proposed new anti-gay bill 2014
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In August of this year, Uganda’s highest court struck down our country’s controversial Anti-Gay law, which mandated life sentences in prison for anyone convicted of being gay. Since the law went into effect in early 2014, instances of harassment, assault, discrimination, and other hate crimes in Uganda have risen dramatically -- so when the law was struck down by the court in August many of us were hopeful that things would change.
But now the government is trying to secretly pass a new form of the same law, with even harsher restrictions and consequences than before.
The new bill, entitled the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices, begins by equating homosexuality to bestiality. In the preamble to the leaked bill, unnatural sexual practices are defined as "a sexual act between a person of the same sex, or with or between a transsexual person, a sexual act with an animal, and anal sex within the meaning of section 145 of the penal code act."
Beyond that, the bill makes it illegal to “promote” these “unnatural sexual practices” and includes specific language criminalizing landlords who rent to LGBTI Ugandans. This means that once the bill is passed, thousands upon thousands of members of the LGBTI community in Uganda could become homeless and put at even more risk than they are now.
The bill could also prevent international aid and non-profit organizations from operating within Uganda, and could even make “liking” an organization or post on Facebook that supports LGBTI equality illegal.
The situation for LGBTI people in Uganda is already dire, and the passage of this law will only make it worse. We are afraid that if this law is passed, the hatred and bigotry will reach a tipping point and members of the LGBTI community in Uganda will die.
The bill violates Article 21 of the Ugandan Constitution wich says that, "All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law." It also violates Article 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to privacy in one’s home and personal communications. On the international level, it violates Articles 2 and 3 of the African Charter of Human and People's Rights, as well as other international conventions to which Uganda is a signatory.
That is why we need your help right now. Leaked reports have indicated that the law is going to be passed before Christmas, which gives us very little time to raise awareness and stop the bill from becoming law.
Please sign the petition, share it with your friends, and stand with the LGBTI community in Uganda against bigotry, hatred, discrimination, and persecution.
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