Uganda – President Museveni Signs Anti-Gay Bill into Law

“All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing…”  Edmund Burke

Rocco DiGrazia, an Arizonia Pizzareia owner, said:

“… any expansion of discrimination is gonna hurt everybody and open the doors for more,”

As a society we have fought wars against oppression and bigotry, and also against bullies, we must stand up and let it be known that homophobia is not acceptable in todays societies – even more so when it is government sponsored.
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Amnesty condemns the rise of homophobia across Africa
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President Museveni has just signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. Amnesty International condemns this as a dangerous and draconian piece of legislation
Gemma Houldey, Amnesty International’s Uganda Researcher said:
“This deeply offensive piece of legislation is an affront to the human rights of all Ugandans.

“This legislation will institutionalise hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda. Its passage into law signals a very grave episode in the nation’s history.”

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill will further criminalise consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex, with some offences carrying life imprisonment. It also includes offences such as ‘promotion of homosexuality’, which will directly impact human rights defenders and healthcare providers. It makes a mockery of the rights enshrined in the Ugandan constitution.”
Uganda has made important progress on human rights in recent years, including criminalising torture, but this Bill is a colossal step backwards.
Notes to editors:
Over 25,000 people in the UK have written to the Ugandan President to veto the anti-gay bill via Amnesty: In 2013 Amnesty documented the rise of homophobia across sub-Saharan Africa in its report Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa.
Amnesty International UK media information:
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