Bahati’s Visa: Why Hasn’t It Been Rescinded?

Jim Burroway

December 6th, 2010

Uganda MP David Bahati.

As we’ve reported, Ugandan MP David Bahati, author of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would provide for the death penalty for gay people under certain circumstances, was slated to come to Washington, D.C. to attend the International Consortium of Governmental Financial Management conference that kicks off today. The problem however is that conference leaders have announced that Bahati won’t be allowed to attend the conference. According to an official statement from the conference, “it is clear that his participation would be contradictory to our mission.” Conference leaders also said that they will post extra security to ensure that he won’t be allowed in.

Which leads us to this interesting item in this morning’s Daily Monitor from Uganda:

Unlike other MPs, the American mission in Kampala gave (Bahati) a single-entry visa specifically for the event.

With his invitation rescinded, is there any reason not to cancel Bahati’s visa?

Erp

December 6th, 2010

How accurate is the news report?

If a visa is tied to a specific event the authorities usually require a letter from the event managers (and something beyond an email). The event managers have disavowed this. The other option is that he put down the conference as a reason for the trip but the visa was not tied to the conference (any legitimate reason would have done). Personally I would let him come and see who he talks to.

JandyA Says

December 6th, 2010

Dear President Obama and State Department Officials,

This man who supports Extermination of Gays should not only be denied entry to the United States, but should also have any/all US Passport or Visa rescinded.

Any PM from ANY country that supports extermination of an entire group of PEOPLE should have ALL SUPPORT by the United States rescinded.

A Concerned Citizen of the UNITED States of America.

Paul in Canada

December 7th, 2010

Any update on this story?

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