LA Times Not Withstanding, Uganda’s Death Penalty Has NOT Been Dropped

Jim Burroway

May 11th, 2011

Headlines like this one in the Los Angeles Times are exasperating, especially considering we’ve spent the entire day chasing down erroneous reports from the Associated Press. So let’s get this straight once and for all: the death penalty has not yet been removed from the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The opportunity to offer any amendments to the bill comes during the second reading in Parliament, which has not occurred yet. There are those who say the death penalty will be dropped when the measure is brought to the floor for it second reading. There are those who say that a recommendation to drop the death penalty has been included as part of the report from the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee. But the death penalty has not yet been dropped, nor have any other talked-about changes to the bill been implemented. Until the bill comes up for the its second reading and those amendments to the bill are actually proposed and approved, the bill remains as it has been since its introduction.

Mainstream media have been wrongly reporting this for more than a year now. Every time they’ve reported it, they have been wrong. Stop doing it, mainstream media.

AJD

May 12th, 2011

Another thing I keep seeing in the mainstream press is that it would propose the death penalty for “some” GLBT people. In effect, it would probably result in a substantial percentage of GLBT people being executed due to the “repeat offender” provision. I’m not a lawyer, but that’s how I’m reading it.

AfroGay

May 12th, 2011

I am confused.

With the sweating in of a new Administration today, doesn’t this mean that the old Parliament, too, has been dissolved?

If that is so, it would mean that time has run out on this heinous bill. Under what rule are they going to debate it Friday as has been suggested? Does anyone know the workings of Uganda’s parliamentary rules to shed light?

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