Uganda‘s infamous “Kill The Gays” bill has been voted upon and passed through the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the Ugandan Parliament, according to MetroWeekly, which quotes human rights attorney Ladislaus Rwakafuzi.
The bill, originally dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill when introduced in 2009, has removed the provision of execution for “aggravated homosexuality.” According to Uganda’s NTV network – as tweeted by Frank Mugisha (@frankmugisha), director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) – an unnamed member of the committee confirmed that a penalty of life imprisonment has remained in the bill in place of execution. While sexual relations between members of the same sex are already illegal in Uganda, if the bill becomes law it will be among the world’s harshest against gay people. NTV reports that the bill should receive floor debate next week. (NTV)
The claim that death penalty has been removed is highly-questionable, and even if true — which Ugandan expert Jim Burroway challenges — it can easily be added back in, a charade Uganda has played for years.
A vote by the complete Ugandan Parliament has not yet been scheduled but easily it could come next week.
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