Defeat for homophobia in Uganda

This video from the USA is called Is ‘The Family’ Behind Anti-Gay Bill That Includes Execution?

From Socialist Unity blog in England today:

The Ugandan government has promised Germany it will not support any further expansion of homosexuality laws including the Bahati led Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The pledge was made in exchange for E120 million in aid from Germany.

From Richard Bartholomew’s blog:

In an NPR interview with Terry Gross, Jeff Sharlet reveals a link between David Bahati, the Ugandan MP responsible for the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently under consideration, and The Family, the discreet “elite” US-based Christian organisation which enjoys considerable political patronage in a number of countries.

In an interview on NPR yesterday, author and journalist Jeff Sharlet recounts to Terry Gross his meetings with the architect of Uganda‘s virulently anti-gay bill – parliamentarian David Bahati: here.

British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has thanked Malawi’s president for pardoning and ordering the release of a jailed gay couple: here.

Since 2008, Uganda’s sex workers have been organising to fight for healthcare, safer workplaces, social recognition and protection against systemic police abuse: here.

Hillary Clinton discusses subject of homophobia in Albania: here.

On June 28, 1935, the Nazis’ Ministry of Justice revised Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code to provide a legal cover for the further persecution of homosexuals in the country: here.

Iceland Legalizes Gay Marriage, Prime Minister Marries Partner: here.

Britain: Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation: here.

8 thoughts on “Defeat for homophobia in Uganda

  1. Gay attack sparks campaign for homophobia law

    Rising intolerance makes legislation necessary, say supporters

    31 May, 18:38

    (ANSA) – Rome, May 31 – A brutal attack on a gay man in Rome has led to a fresh campaign for politicians of all sides to back the introduction of an anti-homophobia law in Italy. The 24-year-old victim spent five nights in hospital having been punched and kicked until he bled and insulted by four youths after a visit to a gay bar in the area of the Colosseum last week. It was the latest in a series of attacks targeting homosexuals in the Italian capital over the last year, including an arson attack on a gay disco that is among the hate crimes being investigated by an anti-terrorism task force.

    “Gay and lesbian Italians have the right to live free from fear and violence and be considered first-class citizens,” Paola Concia, an MP with the opposition Democratic Party (PD) who has tabled an anti-homophobia bill that is jammed in parliament, said on Monday.

    “I’m making an appeal to all parties and representatives of the right and left of the political spectrum,” added Concia, a lesbian. “I call on everyone to cooperate so that this law gets approved. If this law is to happen, it will need to be a bipartisan law”.

    Gay groups say the new legislation is needed to protect gays, lesbians and transgender people from rising intolerance.

    The victim of last week’s attack made a personal appeal to Premier Silvio Berlusconi to give the bill his support.

    “I think there’s a need for concrete acts and I want to make an appeal to Premier Berlusconi to have the law against homophobia approved,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said in a statement issued via the Arcigay association.

    But Rome’s right-wing Mayor Gianni Alemanno, who condemned the attack, said he was not in favour of the new legislation.

    “I’m against a law on homophobia because it would inevitably have ideological content,” he said.

    “On the other hand, I’m in favour of a (new) specific aggravation to violent crimes”.

    Homosexual groups have said they intend to step up their campaign to raise support for the bill at Rome’s Gay Pride march on July 3.


  2. Orthodox Protestant paper condemns Malawi gay pardon

    Tuesday 01 June 2010

    Newspaper Het Reformatorisch Dagblad, which takes an orthodox Protestant line, has written an editorial in which it says it is a ‘shame’ the president of Malawi was so quick to ‘kneel down’ and pardon a gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years in jail.

    ‘If the citizens of Malawi want to know where this trail ends, they only need to follow political reporting in the Netherlands for a while,’ the paper said. The paper is referring to efforts by D66 to close a loophole allowing religious schools in the Netherlands to refuse to employ gay teachers.

    ‘A large majority in parliament support this proposal and this will not change after the election,’ the paper wrote.

    ‘It cannot be ruled out that here the opposite will happen to what has happened in Malawi: not people who are openly homosexual will be punished, but the Christians and Muslims who name that behaviour a sin.’

    The paper asks if UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, who put pressure on Malawi to pardon the couple, will be prepared to address the Dutch parliament and support people who are religious against such intolerance.



  3. The Monitor (Kampala)

    Uganda: African Bishops Unite to Denounce Homosexuality

    Ephraim Kasozi

    29 August 2010

    Kampala — The question of homosexuality reared its head for the umpteenth time this week at the all African Anglican Church conference that is taking place in Entebbe. Despite pressure from the western world, African bishops have renewed their condemnation of the practice of homosexuality in the church.

    The widely criticised practice in Africa has been viewed as a threat to the unity of the church. Homosexuality and ordination of women prelates are two of the underpinning practices that have put the Anglican Church at cross-roads over how its pastoral commitments should be exercised. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of the province of Nigeria says the church has always had differences of opinion over certain issues.

    Breeding disunity

    “Homosexuality is not a new phenomenon in the society but the only trouble is that the issues dividing us (church) now are very difficult to handle. They are threatening the unity of the church because they disobey the authority of the scriptures,” says Bishop Okoh. He says homosexuality is a result of some people engaged in making their culture to be superior to the biblical teachings. “It is two sided; while some people want to be obedient to their culture to determine the content of the church, others say no and it must be the guidance of the bible,” he added.

    The primates describe homosexuality as an imposed interpretation and alien culture that has hindered the growth of an authentic church which could respond to its people. “We are saying homosexuality is not compatible with the word of God. We are saying that this culture of other people is against the traditional belief of marriage held by the Anglican Communion,” says the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi. Bishop Orombi says that the Anglican Church will never accept homosexuality because the scriptures too do not allow people of same sex to join in marriage.

    Evil practice

    “Homosexuality is evil, abnormal and unnatural as per the Bible. It is a culturally unacceptable practice. Although there is a lot of pressure, we cannot turn our hands to support it,” says Bishop Orombi.

    The remarks came up during the conference jointly organised by the Church of Uganda and the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) that attracted at least 400 bishops under the theme “Securing the future, unlocking our potential.”

    Other challenges on the agenda of African primates meeting are the problems of poverty, squander of public resources, pandemic diseases, justice and peace as well as the relationship between the Anglican Church and the state.

    The Archbishop of the Province of Indian Ocean, Ian Ernest, says the bishops have to courageously raise their voices to counteract the false ideologies that creep into the church and put at stake the mission that Christ has entrusted to his church. “We cannot afford to continue to lurch from one crisis to the next in our beloved Communion. Despite attempts to warn some western provinces, action has been taken to irrevocably shatter the Communion. Sadly existing structures of the Anglican Communion have been unable to address the need for discipline,” says Bishop Ernest, the chairman of CAPA. He says the teachings of homosexuality are irrelevant to the needs of Africans and are unrepresentative demographically hence the need for new structures that are credible and representative of the majority.

    The anti-homosexuality voices from the bishops are a likely boost to proponents of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (2009), before the Ugandan Parliament which proposes life imprisonment for acts of homosexuality and introduces “aggravated homosexuality” as a serious crime.

    According to the proposed law, offenders must face death if they have sex with a minor or a disabled person, or are found to have infected their partners with HIV/Aids. The proposed law, if passed in its current shape, would also punish attempted homosexuality as well as the failure of a third party to inform the authorities of homosexual activity.

    Bishop Orombi says the primates in Africa have since shared their stand with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Bishop Okoh says Africa has various challenges of disease, young widows, divorce, single motherhood, poverty which affect the church. “The issue of moral failure in the community is another problem to the church. But we have to work hard to ensure that the church of God is not divided by some practices like the ordination of women clergy which we are still studying,” he says.


  4. The Monitor (Kampala)

    Uganda: More Protests Against New Law On Public Gatherings

    Sheila Naturinda, Richard Wanambwa and Mercy Nalugo

    23 September 2010

    Opposition parties yesterday said they are preparing a formal protest to the government over the proposed Public Order Management Bill 2009 before it is tabled in Parliament.

    Speaking in his capacity as flag bearer for the four-party Inter- Party Cooperation, Dr Kizza Besigye told Daily Monitor that this protest will highlight the potential of the Bill to instigate “instability and cause confusion.”

    “We have parties which have individually responded but we shall give an official response as IPC soon,” Dr Besigye said. The draft Bill seeks to regulate public assemblies and give sweeping powers to the police boss which critics — including international media rights activists – suspect could facilitate an unfair election next year.

    UPC warns

    Earlier, the Uganda Peoples Congress revealed during a morning press conference that they will be asking their MPs to raise the matter in Parliament as a first step, while leaving the option of going to court open.

    Party secretary general Joseph Bbosa told journalists that the government has to strike a balance between national security concerns and the people’s freedoms as stipulated in the Constitution.

    “We are saying this Bill is too obstructive and this is too far,” he said, observing that terrorists can attack whenever they choose without necessarily waiting for people to assemble in one place.

    Civil society and human rights defenders also see in this Bill an attempt to reverse a 2008 Constitutional Court ruling which repealed sections of the Police Act that granted the police powers to prohibit public assemblies and processions.

    Yesterday, a visiting mission of international media rights defenders also warned that the Bill threatens civil liberties. The international joint mission on freedom of expression officials led by Freedom House, a US-based media watchdog, said the Bill’s timing is suspicious and urged government to drop it in public interest.

    The media activists were speaking after they met Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Ssekandi.

    The Africa Programme Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mr Tom Rhodes, said “… the Bill appears to be a measure to control political activism and freedom of speech and the way it was introduced is suspicious since the country is headed for the 2011 elections.”

    Other members of the delegation noted that while government is within its rights to originate laws for the proper governance of the country, this must be done within acceptable limits.

    In their meeting with the Speaker, the delegation also raised concerns about the constitutionality of the proposed Press and Journalists (Amendment) Bill 2010, currently before Cabinet.

    Mr Ssekandi told his guests that Parliament cannot pass a law that is unconstitutional.


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