Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Uganda Gay Death Bill Nearly Passed: Please Sign Here To Stop It


Uganda's parliament is preparing to pass a brutal new law that would punish gay people with prison -- even death.

 Initial international criticism drove the President to call for a review. But after a well-funded and vicious lobbying effort by extremists, the bill looks set to be passed -- threatening hundreds of thousands of Ugandans with licensed bigotry, imprisonment or execution. 

Inside Uganda opposition to the bill is rising, from human rights advocates to the Anglican church. But with the key decision expected in days, only an irresistible wave of worldwide pressure will make Uganda 's parliament think again! Lets raise 1 million signatures to stop the gay death law -- click here to take action. Also you can copy this whole text and email to your contacts to inform them.
The petition will be delivered to President Museveni, members of the review committee and Ugandan embassies worldwide this week before it's too late, as well as to key donor governments.

 The bill proposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of having same-sex relations and imposes the death penalty for serial offenders. NGOs working to prevent the spread of HIV could be imprisoned for up to 7 years for promoting homosexuality. Even members of the public face up to three years in jail if they fail to report homosexual activity to the police within 24 hours!

 The bill's advocates claim that it defends national culture, but its strongest critics come from within Uganda. The Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha is one of many who's written to us he says, " It is violating our cultures, traditions and religious values that teach against intolerance, injustice, hatred and violence. We need laws to protect people -- not ones that will humiliate, ridicule, persecute and kill them en masse".

 By rejecting this dangerous bill and supporting the breadth of opposition to it, we can help set a crucial precedent. Lets raise 1 million signatures for Uganda's human rights defenders, and save lives by stopping this bill -- sign now here, then tell friends and family.

 SOURCES

African letter to Ugandan President to throw out Anti-homosexual bill: Uganda -- Anti-homosexuality bill violates human rights.

 Ugandan church leader brands anti-gay bill 'genocide'.
 Human Rights Impact Assessment of Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Bill By Sylvia Tamale, The Dean of Law at Uganda's Makerere University


 

The entire text was taken from an email by the AVAAZ Team. To read more about AVAAZ, please visit the website here.

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