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Activists celebrate striking down of Uganda’s anti-gay law

  • Nerdy Keith

    This is a great day for human rights, its a great step forward. Shame such a law was even proposed in the first place, as it was highly barbaric

    • Truth

      This is NOT a repeal of the law which outlaws homosexuality. It merely takes Uganda back to the already draconian anti-gay law which existed prior to the recent vile increase in penalties. They have NOT made homosexuality legal. Gay Ugandans will still go to prison.

  • Cal

    It seems that it as it was struck down on a point of order it could be re-introduced. This decision is good news for GLBT people in Uganda but will the population change their barbaric views anytime soon?

  • Truth

    Corrupt officials steal money. Aid money meant to assist the poor. Those who give aid MUST make it conditional on (a) the country respecting basic human rights and (b) ensuring it reaches its intended recipients. And, when they object (as they have already) to these conditions on the grounds that it is ‘blackmail’, they should be reminded that no-one in Africa objected when Western countries used sanctions to bring about an end to apartheid.

  • Peter Nkosi

    Well done the Ugandan Judiciary and LGBT activists in having the AHA declared unconstitutional.

    I see that the attention-seeking Peter Tatchell manages to get himself covered in one third of the article. He says:

    It demonstrates that President Museveni may have nobbled many judges but not these one.”

    This is typical of Tatchell, making up the bit about Ugandan judges being corruptly in M7i’s pocket. He never offers proof of his fairy stories.

    • Truth

      I would bet my home that Peter Tatchell has done more for gay rights than you have. Uganda is a cess-pit of corruption. My tax money – used as overseas aid – has regularly been stolen by the corrupt leadership. No doubt whatsoever that Museveni and his government cronies will have used their position in the past to ‘influence’ judicial decisions – as is amply demonstrated by the fact they pushed through this law, illegally. If the eyes of the world were not on Uganda over this ant-gay legislation, I think the judges may have reached an entirely different decision.

      • Peter Nkosi

        Away and toss your caber!

        • Rumbelow

          A simple villager living in the African bush? Malawi
          …really?

          • Peter Nkosi

            I am taunted on various websites by a Scottish troll, who has many user names. My Scottish neighbour has given me a list of put-downs which I can use if McTroll’s needling goes too far. That caber put-down is on her list.

            Cheers and God Bless and Catch YOU (Out) Later

    • Mark Y

      I don’t understand why you’re turning a good news story into a rant against Peter Tatchell? What’s the point? Issues. You’ve got issues.

  • Daniel

    Excellent news
    Why the hell is this not in the mainstream media?

    • Peter Nkosi

      It was the number two item on the BBC World Service news at 1200 GMT (1300 UK time).

  • GulliverUK

    It’s a win for the whole country, because for one thing straight people who knew someone was gay and didn’t report them to the authorities could face 3 years in jail. They should be relieved they won’t have to dob in family, friends, neighbors, colleages etc.

    I think it unlikely the bill will come back. Lots of noise from David Bahati but he’s all wind – it doesn’t look like he is in favor with the President (if he ever was). The President and PM will be angry that these people have made Parliament look corrupt, because the PM told them repeatedly to make sure they had a quorum. But secretly I bet President Museveni will be incredibly relieved that the damage has started to be undone, by their Supreme Court, and they can put this whole business to rest.

    The work will be undone if Bahati or others try the Kenyan trick of forcing the police to fully enforce the old s145 and s147 laws – which weren’t really enforced before, but still could be, and all that would probably take is for Parliament to call the police chief before it and demand they do so.

    Malawi couldn’t do this because they bankrupted themselves and cannot afford to build prisons, so they are relenting. All these African countries will be in the same boat, nearly bankrupt and unable to build prisons to house hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of gays.

    Besides, … who said we wouldn’t invade ?!! Can you imagine if we landed 1 million gay people in their capitol and did a kiss-in on the steps of their Parliament building? If you can get 1m for Pride London, you can certain get 1m from across the world to Uganda, if push came to show. What could they do? Nothing. They don’t have the army / police or any other way to deal with that.

  • Clive

    According to Ugandas Red Pepper paper,one of the anti-gay pastors immediatly vowed to appeal it at the supreme court!

  • Rumbelow

    Prosecute David Bahati for crimes against humanity.

  • Steve_R

    Happy this has been struck down, though it is unfortunate that the ruling wasn’t ruled inherently unconstitutional, I really hope it sent a message to the president and government that because they are homophobes is no reason they can make illegal the lives of LGBT people and their families or friends.

    In retrospect I also hope the UKBC don’t see this as an excuse or an out for legitimate asylum claims. Homophobia and persecution are not going to go away overnight because of this ruling. Many people were outed because of this law and many will continue to be victimized because of it. Many will suffer harassment or persecution because that won’t change overnight… consequently asylum will continue to be some people only chance to lead free and happy productive lives. Now fast tracking of claims has been identified as a problem, I hope it continues to be monitored .

  • white squirrel

    ‘Activists celebrate striking down of Uganda’s anti-gay law’
    except Uganda has not
    I see nothing to celebrate while the old laws remains extant
    nor wil it prevent ‘mob justice’
    the time to celebrate will be when this backward socially reversing nation repeals all laws of this nature.

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