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Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed

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  1. BrazilBoysBlog 5 Feb 2010, 1:30pm

    Well, there´s a surprise! Hit the odious bast-rds where it hurts, in the pocket!

    “Our priority is to make sure there is food on the table of our people – that we deal with the issue of disease.” Well, there´s a first! and here I was thinking they were more interested in the private activities of gay people in their own bedrooms!

    Terrified of losing foreign aid? Good. The should be!

    But, let´s not stop until this homophobic excuse for a government affords gays the same equal rights as everyone else (as they signed-up to do).

    They don´t want gays to live, or they want to imprison them and ´re-educate´ them? They don´t approve of us? They don´t mind taking OUR MONEY though do they?

  2. Oh, there’s going to be “a change”, he says. But he doesn’t say what it is. Sounds like fobbing-off, some very slight watering-down that will be nowhere near GOOD ENOUGH!

    We’ve got to keep up the pressure on these ignorant simple-minded bigots in Uganda and now Mr. Oyrem has basically told us how to do it. As BrazilBoy says, above, food on the table is terribly important to them in Uganda. We need to threaten their food supply. Treat Ugandan gays with respect, or starve!

  3. So this means the compromise will be life imprisonment instead of death penalty, does it? Oh, that will be so much better! :-|

  4. Jean-Paul Bentham 5 Feb 2010, 4:17pm

    We really don’t know what the changes will be. The only thing we know for sure is that Bahati has been cornered, and Richard Cohen, Scott Lively and The Family seem to have abandoned him.

    I dearly hope the poor man doesn’t have an accident. I’m looking forward to seeing the matter debated in the Ugandan Parliament.

  5. Omar Kuddus GayAsylum UK 5 Feb 2010, 7:43pm

    “sure it will take a different form when it is tabled on the floor in parliament”.

    But he added that the government did not currently have the power to alter the proposed legislation at this stage, as it is a private member’s bill. Yah!!!!!!!
    Stop aid and force sancions and it MAY happen,but as stated before what is our own own Home office and government doing aboutit.NOTHing

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 5 Feb 2010, 7:48pm

    More than 30 US Congressmen Sponsor Resolution Against Uganda’ Anti-Gay Bill:

    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2010/02/04/20126?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BoxTurtleBulletin+%28Box+Turtle+Bulletin%29

    This would be a good time to hear from Rowen Williams.

  7. Jean-Paul Bentham 6 Feb 2010, 1:41am

    iglhrc campaign:

    Urge the U.S. Congress to Condemn the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

    http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/1088.html

  8. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 6 Feb 2010, 3:01am

    LET ME MAKE THIS QUITE CLEAR FOR THAT CURRUPT GOVERNMENT IN UGANDA:

    We do not want that bill changed, modified or amended 100 times – we want the WHOLE BILL ripped into powder and never seen again. GOT THAT!!!!!!!

  9. Jean-Paul Bentham 6 Feb 2010, 6:29am

    I hope Ssempa and Bahati do not have a fatal accident. Could happen.

  10. Omar Kuddus Gayasylum UK 6 Feb 2010, 5:46pm

    FOR THAT CURRUPT GOVERNMENT IN UGANDA:

    To get the bill changed, modified or amended and the WHOLE BILL ripped into powder and never seen again, will take the soladarity of not just a hand full of countries but an outcry and uproar from the worlds governments, and the gay commuity to express its disgust, at the propsals.
    For Ugandas proposal is just another step in the direction of Iran and other countries that execute homosexuals just for being us.
    Ionly pray and HOPE that The British Government and in perticular, the Home Office is taking note, and takes it into account for its future decessions regarding GayAsylum seekers from Uganda.

  11. Omar Kuddus Gayasylum UK 6 Feb 2010, 6:13pm

    Uganda: Urge the U.S. Congress to Condemn the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

    02/05/2010

    Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) in urging members of the U.S. Congress to support resolutions in the House (H.R. 1064) and the Senate (S.R. 409) condemning the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill and affirming the intrinsic dignity of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation.
    If you are a US citizen
    If you are NOT a US citizen

    Background
    In Uganda, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 was introduced in Parliament last October. The bill targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Ugandans, their advocates, and those that know someone LGBT. It would reaffirm existing penalties for homosexuality and introduce sweeping new criminal provisions. Some of these troubling provisions include: imprisonment for life for anyone convicted of the “offence of homosexuality;” punishment for the “promotion of homosexuality” with prison terms; imprisonment for up to three years for anyone who fails to report to the authorities LGBT people or LGBT human rights defenders they know; and most egregiously, the application of the death penalty to anyone in Uganda who has consensual same-sex relations repeatedly or who has consensual same-sex relations and is HIV positive. If this bill were to pass, it would be a devastating blow to the human rights of all Ugandans and would significantly impede effective HIV prevention and care.

    This week in the U.S., a bipartisan group of members of Congress proposed resolutions condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The House resolution, H.R. 1064, sponsored by Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), received thirty-nine cosponsors. The Senate resolution, S.R. 409, sponsored by Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), currently has four co-sponsors. The House resolution extends beyond Uganda to call on all nations to reject laws that criminalize homosexuality.

    Public pressure is needed to ensure that both resolutions come up for a vote. Condemnation by the U.S. government is one of many factors that could persuade Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to prevent the bill from becoming law. If the resolutions pass, the U.S. Congress will join President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in sending the government of Uganda a unified message that passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will have serious consequences to its relationships internationally.

    If you are a U.S. Citizen, contact your representatives in Congress here.

    If you are not a U.S. Citizen, contact key Congresspeople here.

  12. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Feb 2010, 3:07am

    Omar:

    iglhrc Campaign:

    Urge the U.S. Congress to Condemn the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

    http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/1088.html

  13. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Feb 2010, 5:32am

    What Uganda needs is a change of government, not just a change in this Bill: let’s not forget that $200 dollars destined for medical supplies has mysteriously disappeared.

    My, but that tailor-made suit looks good on Museveni.

    I wonder what the sick and dying peasants are having for lunch today. Pass the pistachios, please.

  14. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Feb 2010, 5:39am

    Oh, and don’t be fooled by changes in the Bill:

    http://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&tab=wm#inbox/126a398b3c0fc53a

  15. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Feb 2010, 5:02pm

    re 14:

    That’s $200 million dollars! Vanished.

  16. Omar Kuddus Gayasylum UK 7 Feb 2010, 5:08pm

    Jean-Paul Bentham :

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/UgandaAntiGayLaw/ESETwDALuHUNDAP3vqBCPTU

    The petition reads:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister from Omar Kuddus Gayasylum (UK)
    A plea regarding the preposed anti Homosexuality Bill that the
    Uganda Government is proposing,that makes the act of
    Homosexuality in Uganda ilegal and punishable by death.The Law
    goes further than any governments anti gay law in the
    world.Some of these troubling provisions including,
    imprisonment for life for anyone convicted of the “offence of
    homosexuality;” punishment for the “promotion of homosexuality”
    with prison terms;imprisonment for up to three years for anyone
    who fails to report to the authorities LGBT people or LGBT
    human rights defenders they know; and most egregiously, the
    application of the death penalty to anyone in Uganda who has
    consensual same-sex relations repeatedly or who has consensual
    same-sex relations and is HIV positive. If this bill were to
    pass, it would be a devastating blow to the human rights of all
    Ugandans and would significantly impede effective HIV
    prevention and care.Britin has to shows its disgut at such
    violation of Basic Human Rights.If we in the west allow fellow
    LGBTs to be executed,then we are no better for sexuality is as
    much a fundamental right as any other. Omar Kuddus
    gayasylum@yahoo.co.uk/ +447902452020

  17. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Feb 2010, 6:37pm

    Thanks Omar. Canadians can’t sign a petition to 10 Downing St., but the ilrhrc one is open to all:

    iglhrc Campaign:

    Urge the U.S. Congress to Condemn the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

    http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/1088.html

    Gordon Brown wouldn’t do anything anyway. Sad but true.

  18. Omar Kuddus Gayasylum UK 7 Feb 2010, 8:26pm

    All ready done as also have lots of our friends and group members as non US citizens.Our Ipetion in the states should be up and running by tommorow and will post details when done, which is open to all nationalities.Seem to be having difficulties with our server at presnt, hence the delay.

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