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Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill Passes Committee Vote, Moves Forward

by David Badash on November 23, 2012

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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.

READ: Uganda Expert: ‘Death Penalty Has Not Been Dropped’ From Kill The Gays Bill

A vote by the complete Ugandan Parliament has not yet been scheduled but easily it could come next week.


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LOrion November 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

SEE ALSO PLEASE: This bill is a smoke screen and always has been as UGANDA has a very corrupt government! Homosexuality bill not necessary: religious groups and opposition politicians
INCLUDES: The Ugandan government has come under fire from religious and opposition leaders for wasting time on a bill that seeks to punish homosexuality instead of addressing pressing issues.

"The anti-gay bill is not an urgent problem in the country," he said.

"Those focusing on it are being irrelevant, instead of focusing on issues that are important like an increase in corruption cases."

Britain, Norway and Ireland recently suspended development aid to Uganda citing mounting cases of corruption by government officials.

LOrion November 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

BUT I think even worse is this WITCHHUNT that will take place. It has already happened with Govt Officials trying to accuse each other of being homosexual…just so they will be arrested! HERE this is from David Mixners piece. Now the Prime Minister of Uganda has promised as a 'Christmas Gift' to the people that the Parliament will likely pass this week the Ugandan 'Kill Gays' legislation. This proposed bill is one of the worst anywhere. Not does it give the death penalty for LGBT citizens it would also imprison families, allies or anyone else who shelters the community.

Here are the draconian provisions:

1. "Any person alleged to be homosexual would be at risk of life imprisonment or in some circumstances the death penalty"

2. "Any parent who does not denounce their lesbian daughter or gay son to the authorities would face fines of $2,650 or three years in prison"

3. "Any teacher who does not report a lesbian or gay pupil to the authorities within 24 hours would face the same penalties"

4. "And any landlord or landlady who happens to give housing to a suspected homosexual would risk 7 years of imprisonment"

PLEASE go to and sign their petition. Please place the petition on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Britain and Sweden has made clear they will stop all aid if the legislation passes. LGBT Americans should expect the United States to do the same if the bill becomes law.

LOrion November 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Please read sign and share: THIS IS THE CONTENT of ALL OUT Petitions to UGANDA.. up to 151K now. O: PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI

In solidarity with people from across Uganda, we ask that you keep your promise to uphold Uganda's Constitution, and the human rights embodied within it, and veto the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

leliorisen November 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Thanks for the updates on this. Thanks also to LOrion for the heads-up.

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