Africa

Uganda’s anti-gay bill will return: Soon or pretty soon?

The harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act of Uganda, overturned by Uganda’s Constitutional Court, is likely to return to parliament for a new vote by that overwhelmingly anti-gay assembly. How soon? After a month of analysis, says the ruling NRM (National Resistance Movement) party, led by President Yoweri Museveni.  In a statement, the party caucus today said they … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Don’t cut ties with Uganda; that’s an anti-gay trap

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia and a project director at Political Research Associates, predicted last month that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.  Now that Museveni has done so, Kaoma discusses what’s to be done now. He warns that some LGBT advocates’ calls for countries to cut … Continue reading

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Uganda parliament passes former ‘Kill the Gays’ bill

The Ugandan parliament today passed the notorious anti-gay bill formerly known as the “Kill the Gays Bill,” but without its original 2009 provision that called for the death penalty for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.” Instead, it would provide a life sentence for repeat offenders. The bill next goes to President Yoweri Museveni for his … Continue reading

Americas

Uganda’s David Bahati rebuffs Kennedy human rights team

[Correction: The first version of this article stated that Ugandan legislator David Bahati refused to meet with visitors from the R.F. Kennedy Center. Apparently he did meet with them, but rejected their message that his Anti-Homosexuality Bill would violate human rights.] Ugandan legislator David Bahati wants to throw homosexuals in jail or kill them, as … Continue reading

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Uganda: No ‘Kill the Gays’ bill until April

Opponents of Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill got a break this week, as Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the parliament, declared a recess until after Easter to allow legislators consult their constituents about the pending Marriage and Divorce Bill. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which failed to reach the floor of parliament in the sessions of 2009 … Continue reading

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Uganda ‘Kill the Gays’ bill remains a threat, just off stage

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which failed to reach the floor of parliament in the sessions of 2009 and 2012, remains in the wings this year, awaiting action that LGBT activists hope never comes. In the early days of this year’s parliamentary session, the bill gradually moved higher on the Notice of Business to Follow list in … Continue reading

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‘Kill the Gays’ bill looms; it’s time to prepare protests

Prepare to protest, opponents of the “Kill the Gays” bill say, as the measure comes ever closer to consideration on the floor of the Ugandan parliament. Today the Anti-Homosexuality Bill had moved up to No. 1 on the Notice of Business to Follow after action on the day’s parliamentary agenda is completed. “Prepare your solidarity … Continue reading

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Uganda parliament may act on ‘Kill the Gays’ bill tomorrow

The parliament in Uganda is preparing to debate the Anti-Homosexuality Bill as early as tomorrow (Feb. 12), according to the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. In an update on its Twitter account at @Ugandans4rights, the group announced “JUST IN: #UgandaParliament wants to debate the #AntiHomosexualityBill this week could be any day … Continue reading