BBC Africa Report: Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill Is Back

Jim Burroway

May 18th, 2011

A reader from Uganda wrote in to say that he heard a report from BBC Network Africa’s Joshua Male saying that three bills from the 8th Parliament have been carried over to the 9th, which convenes today. Two of the three bills, according to this report, are the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and the similarly contentious Marriage and Divorce Bill. (Our reader didn’t catch the third bill.) We are still seeking confirmation. Stay tuned.

Update: I just listened to Joshua Male’s report on BBC Network Africa which is available online. His report said, in part:

The 9th Parliament has inherited three controversial bills that form part of its deliberations. They include the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was shoved at the eleventh hour of the 8th Parliament, the Marriage and Divorce Bill which, among other things, would criminalize marital rape, widow inheritance [sic], in addition to providing for women’s property rights and rights to negotiate sex including seeking divorce on grounds of the man’s impotence or the size of their sexual organ. Another controversial bill is the one that seeks to enact more stringent laws for the media.

The report goes on to say that a new anti-rioting law will be the new Parliament’s first priority.

Update 5/18: It now appears that the BBC reporter either jumped the gun or was speaking to an unreliable source.

Stefano A

May 18th, 2011

I wouldn’t be surprised if it is back.

IRIN (the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) reported that Bahati said he would reintroduce the bell after the new parliament was sworn in.

As for the bill you’re not sure of, my guess is that it would be the HIV Prevention and Control Bill (2008), which also contains a death penalty clause.

Lindoro Almaviva

May 18th, 2011

Of course, take the people’s right to protest and then take their rights away.

Same strategy that NOM has tried over and over to use: Take gay people’s right to use the courts to right the abuses we have and then legislate away our right of existence.

If it is true there will be a rapture this Sat, I hope all these people will disappear from the face of the earth. Wouldn’t that be the rapture to end all raptures?

paul canning

May 19th, 2011

A reader has reminded me of a post LGBT Asylum News carried which is highly relevant to what is going on > Genocide In Eight Easy Steps

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