Uganda passes anti-gay bill
'A terrible day for human rights'
The Kaleidoscope Trust has condemned the decision by the Ugandan parliament to pass the 'Anti-Homosexuality Bill' and is calling on the British government to support the Ugandan LGBT community.
The bill substantially increases the punishments for homosexuality, including life imprisonment for 'repeat offenders'. The bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence, not to report homosexual activities to the police. An earlier clause introducing the death penalty has not been passed. The bill is now awaiting presidential approval, something that could happen as early as tomorrow.
Speaking on behalf of the Kaleidoscope Trust, Assistant Director Alistair Stewart called it 'a terrible day for human rights.'
He went on to say:
The passage of the bill is a terrible set back to the LGBT community in Uganda and is a direct assault on their dignity and human rights. It is a bleak day for Uganda and for the international LGBT movement.
Following on from the Indian Supreme Court ruling recriminalising homosexuality, the passage through the Nigerian Senate of a bill outlawing LGBT organisations and the removal of equal marriage laws in Australia's ACT, this has been a terrible fortnight in the struggle for LGBT rights.