Stop Ugandan gay death penalty law


From AVAAZ:

Dear friends,

David Kato

In hours, Uganda could pass a law that could impose the death penalty or life imprisonment for homosexuality. An international outcry shelved this bill last year — we urgently need to ramp up the pressure to press President Museveni to stand up for human rights and stop this brutal law. Sign below, and tell everyone:

The Ugandan Parliament is set to pass a brutal law that may carry the death penalty for homosexuality. If they do, thousands of Ugandans could face execution or life imprisonment — just for being gay.

We’ve helped stop this bill before, and we can do it again. After a massive global outcry last year, Ugandan President Museveni blocked the bill’s progress. But political unrest is mounting in Uganda, and religious extremists in Parliament are hoping confusion and violence in the streets will distract the international community from a second push to pass this hate-filled law. We can show them that the world is still watching.

We have no time to lose. Let’s get one million voices against Uganda’s horrific anti-gay law in the next 24 hours — we’ll deliver it to Uganda’s leaders and key countries. Click here to take action, then forward this email to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_gay_death_law/?bHFhfab&v=19509

Being gay in Uganda is already dangerous and terrifying. LGBT Ugandans are regularly harassed and beaten, and just last year gay rights activist David Kato (pictured above) was brutally murdered in his own home. Now they are threatened by this draconian law which could impose life imprisonment for people convicted of same-sex relations, and the death penalty for “serial offenders”. Even NGOs working to prevent the spread of HIV can be imprisoned for “promoting homosexuality” under this hate-filled law.

Right now, Uganda is in political turmoil — missing millions of aid money has embroiled the Parliament in scandal. This upheaval has provided religious extremists in Parliament the perfect chance to slip in the shelved anti-gay bill, calling it a “Christmas gift” to Ugandans.

President Museveni backed away from this bill before, after international pressure threatened Uganda’s support. Let’s build a million strong petition to stop the horrific anti-gay law again, and save lives. We only have hours — sign below, then tell friends and family:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_gay_death_law/?bHFhfab&v=19509

Last time, our international petition condemning the gay death penalty law was delivered to Parliament – spurring a global news story and enough pressure to block the bill for months. When a tabloid newspaper published 100 names, pictures and addresses, of suspected gays and those identified were threatened, Avaaz supported a legal case against the paper and we won! Together we have stood up, time and time again, for Uganda’s gay community — now they need us more than ever.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Iain, Alice, Luis, Ricken, Joseph, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Kadaga wants anti-gay Bill tabled (Daily Monitor)
http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Kadaga-wants-anti-gay-Bill-tabled/-/688334/1621218/-/j0h230z/-/index.html

Ugandan Parliament to debate anti-gay bill (AFP)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/15453168/ugandan-parliament-to-debate-anti-gay-bill/

Order paper Tuesday 20th November 2012 (Parliament of Uganda)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/114102346/PARLIAMENT-OF-UGANDA-Order-paper-Tuesday-20th-November-2012

Pulling Out All the Stops to Push an Antigay Bill (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/world/africa/14uganda.html

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13 thoughts on “Stop Ugandan gay death penalty law

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      • Agree with you!! What I meant to say was, that in comparison, we have it easier …. meaning we are not reported by family members, neighbors, doctors, etc. In spite of all the hardship that we do have … hate crimes, religious people, discrimination …. we are still able to have gay pride parades, be openly gay most of the time. My point was that generally, we don’t face persecution or the many obstacles that they face over there. I’m well aware of the things that happen in the US … but still think that we have it better …. maybe that’s the best way to out it. Would you agree??? :-)

        • Yes, I would.

          Though in times of economic crisis, there is a danger of groups rather suddenly becoming more used as scapegoats than before. Eg, the recent rise of the anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic, etc. Golden Dawn nazis in Greece.

          • That is why I’ve had this “feeling” … let me say, no basis for it … that these “extremists” folks are trying all this over “there” to see how far they can go. And then .. attempt to bring it here … USA! That’s my gut feeling … but I’ve been know to be wrong even though I trust “my gut” a lot … :-)

            • You may be right … There might be some similarity here with hardline economic austerity policies. They were first tried under the Pinochet dictatorship in “Third World” Chile, and later transfered to the USA, Europe, etc.

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