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Human Rights Group Asks Obama To Help Stop Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill

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var addthis_config = {“data_track_addressbar”:true};Human Rights First, an international human rights organization, is calling on President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help stop Uganda‘s Kill The Gays bill from becoming law.

Via an email press release:

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was recently placed on the parliament’s agenda for imminent discussion and has the enthusiastic support of the parliament’s speaker, among other parliamentarians, who declared that its passage in December would be a “Christmas gift” to the Ugandan people. Human Rights First reiterates its categorical opposition to this bill which will have severely adverse consequences for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people as well as other Ugandans. Same-sex relations are already illegal in Uganda, but the bill proposes tougher penalties, including for those assisting LGBTI people, such as health care practitioners, and establishes a dangerous precedent for the persecution of minority groups in the country.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was first introduced in 2009, prompting a global outcry from those who condemned the legislation and affirmed the dignity and humanity of LGBTI Ugandans. Currently, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is scheduled to be discussed as “business to follow” pending before the parliament, meaning that it is a high priority, and increases likelihood that Ugandan lawmakers could pass the legislation before the December 15 recess.

“We call on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to work toward preventing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill from coming to a vote in the Ugandan Parliament,” said Human Rights First’s Paul LeGendre. “They should also reiterate their serious concerns to Ugandan President Museveni, whose signature would be required for the bill to take effect.” Human Rights First commends the Obama Administration for its steadfast opposition to this bill since its introduction in 2009. Efforts to counter laws that criminalize same-sex relations are a key part of President Obama’s memorandum on international initiatives to advance the rights of LGBTI persons. Secretary Clinton has been a champion of efforts to speak out against human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity throughout the world.

“American evangelical and other faith leaders have an opportunity to add their influential voices by disassociating themselves from this bill and the discrimination and hostility it will engender against LGBTI Ugandans,” added LeGendre. A recent call for action signed by prominent faith leaders noted that, “Regardless of the diverse theological views of our religious traditions regarding the morality of homosexuality, the criminalization of homosexuality, along with the violence and discrimination against LGBT people that inevitably follows, is incompatible with the teachings of our faith.”

Human Rights First supports the courageous efforts made by human rights groups in Uganda to oppose the bill. Julius Kaggwa, a Ugandan civil society leader and recipient of Human Rights First’s 2010 human rights prize, stated that: “Now is the time for the international community to express solidarity with LGBTI Ugandans.” Kaggwa will be a featured speaker at Human Rights First’s Human Rights Summit on December 4-5.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs met with the Uganda government over the weekend, asking them to “look very carefully” at their Kill The Gays bill.

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ABC News White House and Capitol reporter Gabe Ferris Monday morning said, “Kellyanne Conway is meeting with Jan. 6 Committee staffers right now. She did not answer my questions about why she is here today.”

NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Ryan Nobles posted video of Conway apparently walking into the Committee’s offices. “Conway was not subpoenaed publicly & the committee won’t say if she was appearing voluntarily,” he notes.

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It’s been nearly a week since Donald Trump had dinner at his home at Mar-a-Lago with antisemite and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, and yet he continues to refuse to denounce him or his extremist views.

“The former US president was urged publicly and privately to denounce Fuentes in the aftermath of the dinner,” The Guardian reports Monday.

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Fuentes, according to Trump, came to dinner at the behest of Kanye West, the former president’s invited dinner guest. He says the disgraced artist did not tell him in advance he was bringing “friends.” In addition to Fuentes, those friends reportedly include Milo Yiannopoulos, who has advocated for older men having sex with young teen boys, and Trump 2016 aide Karen Giorno, who was reportedly involved in a pay-for-pardon scheme.

West has also been increasingly viewed as antisemitic, especially after threatening to “go death con 3 on Jewish people.” That remark “conveyed a clear violence to many who saw it,” The Times of Israel reported last month.

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) last year warned Fuentes is “a white supremacist leader and organizer and podcaster who seeks to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP.”

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“If Trump made this demand while he was president, that is an unambiguous felony. Section 7217 of Title 26 of the United States Code makes it a crime for the ‘President’ to ‘request, directly or indirectly, any officer or employee of the Internal Revenue Service to conduct or terminate an audit or other investigation of any particular taxpayer with respect to the tax liability of such taxpayer,'” he wrote before adding, “Based on my training and experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted tax offenses, I expect that each IRS employee along the chain of command kept detailed notes and records of who ordered them to conduct the audit, and on the facts that were cited to support that audit demand. I would not be surprised if each of those IRS employees cooperated with the DOJ, with all fingers pointing in Trump’s direction.”

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