UK Government must act over Uganda Anti-Gay Bill
The Kaleidoscope Trust today called on the Foreign Secretary William Hague to urgently recall the British High Commissioner to Uganda. In a letter signed by the CEOs of a number of NGOs including the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Human Dignity Trust, the Trust has called on the UK government to take action as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill seems set to become law.
The Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has called for international condemnation of the bill which expands the range of same sex acts prohibited under the law and includes wide-ranging prohibitions of the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality. Ugandan groups have also called for international ambassadors to Uganda to be recalled, and pressure is growing on the UK, US and other EU governments to act.
The letter states that: -
This Bill is being enacted in the context of worsening human rights abuses in Uganda, with attacks on civil society organisations, journalists, opposition leaders and peaceful protesters. We believe that the passing of the Bill will intensify the persecution faced by LGBTI people in Uganda. We call for the FCO and the British High Commission in Kampala to work with LGBTI organisations in Uganda and us to develop an effective long-term strategy on how together we can advance the rights of LGBTI people in Uganda and protect individuals in immediate danger, including those fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in the UK.