24 February 2014

Ugandan president signs "Jail the Gays" bill

Bad news from Uganda: Amnesty International reports that President Museveni has signed the infamous "Jail the Gays" bill into law. Under this draconian law, homosexual behavior could carry a penalty of life in prison.

Michelle Kagari, Amnesty's Africa Deputy Director, issued the following statement about this shameful development:

"This deeply offensive piece of legislation is an affront to the human rights of all Ugandans and should never have got this far.

"This legislation will institutionalize hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people in Uganda. Its passage into law signals a very grave episode in the nation's history.

"The Anti-Homosexuality Bill will further criminalize consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex, with some offences carrying life imprisonment. It also includes offences such as 'promotion of homosexuality', which will directly impact human rights defenders and healthcare providers. It makes a mockery of the rights enshrined in the Ugandan constitution."

Stay tuned for news on how we can fight this injustice.

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