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Uganda

  • 13th May 2011

    US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 11th May 2011

    Updated: Confusion over Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 23

    The status of the bill is unclear

    4:48 PM — Update: 17.30 GMT. Associated Press reports that officials have indicated that the bill will now be debated on Friday in an extra session.

  • 10th May 2011

    Anti-gay pastor rejects Ugandan death penalty for gays 76

    Pastor Martin Ssempa said he did not agree with the death penalty for homosexuality

    1:46 PM — Anti-gay pastor Martin Ssempa has told a Ugandan parliamentary committee that he does not agree with the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The preacher told the committee that he supports other measures for punishing homosexuality because it is "killing" society.

  • 9th May 2011

    Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.

  • 4th May 2011

    Ugandan lesbian honoured for human rights work 12

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was hailed "an exceptional woman of rare courage"

    11:08 AM — Ugandan lesbian campaigner Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been honoured with an international award for her bravery in speaking out for human rights. She was commended for her "rare courage" in a country which punishes homosexuality severely.

  • 25th March 2011

    Reports say Ugandan anti-gay bill has been killed 31

    Uganda's anti-gay bill has reportedly been killed

    4:33 PM — Reports from Uganda say the country's anti-homosexuality bill has been dropped. The controversial legislation would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against gay sex but several reports say the government has intervened to drop it.

  • 3rd March 2011

    Suspected killer of David Kato remanded 1

    David Kato, who was beaten to death in January

    1:38 PM — Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, 22, the suspected killer of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, has been remanded to Luzira prison until the case continues on the 17th March.

  • 18th November 2010

    UN deletes gay reference from anti-execution measures 17

    The resolution condemns unjustified executions (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    4:54 PM — A United Nations panel has deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in a resolution condemning unjustified executions. The motion was introduced by Morocco and Mali and the vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • 1st November 2010

    Updated: Ugandan newspaper ordered to stop outing gay men 16

    Rolling Stone has published the names, photos and addresses of gays and lesbians

    3:17 PM — Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone has been ordered to stop outing gay men and lesbians. The publication, no relation to the US magazine, began publishing the names of gays and lesbians last month. In a previous issue, it carried a banner stating that the individuals should be hanged.

  • 28th October 2010

    Ugandan MP says anti-gay bill ‘will be law soon’ 27

    David Bahati said he was confident the bill would become law

    5:43 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who tabled a bill calling for gays to be jailed or executed, says he is confident his bill will soon become law.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Ugandan gays and lesbians ‘attacked after being outed’ 7

    There have been reports of attacks on gays and lesbians

    5:20 PM — Several gays and lesbians in Uganda say they have been attacked after a newspaper published their names, photographs and addresses. After the Rolling Stone newspaper called for them to be hanged, a gay activist in the country says that one woman was almost killed when her neighbours pelted her house with stones.

  • 21st October 2010

    Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16

    The Ugandan Rolling Stone newspaper called for gays to be killed

    1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.

  • 20th October 2010

    Ugandan newspaper publishes ‘list of gays’ and calls for executions 28

    Uganda introduced a bill last year to execute gays and lesbians

    5:22 PM — A Ugandan newspaper has published the names, addresses and photographs of the country's "top" gays and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which has no connection to the US magazine of the same name, had a banner across its front page which read "hang them".

  • 24th June 2010

    Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22

    LGBT persons are heavily persecuted in some African nations, including Uganda

    1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.

  • 18th February 2010

    Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • 16th February 2010

    ‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32

    Nick Clegg answers your questions

    7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.

  • 5th February 2010

    Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19

    Uganda's law may be changed, a minister said

    11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.

  • 4th February 2010

    Obama denounces Ugandan anti-gay law at prayer breakfast 21

    Barack Obama called the bill "odious"

    5:11 PM — US President Barack Obama described a proposed Ugandan law against homosexuality as "odious" at the National Prayer Breakfast today.

  • 25th January 2010

    Ugandan anti-pastor shows press conference gay porn 23

    Uganda's parliament is considering an anti-homosexuality bill

    6:58 PM — Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa showed a press conference graphic gay porn last week in an effort to argue why the country's anti-homosexuality bill is necessary.

  • 21st January 2010

    Ugandan MP says he may amend anti-gay bill 6

    David Bahati said he may amend the bill

    5:52 PM — The MP who tabled Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill has said he may amend parts of it. David Bahati had previously refused to change provisions which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment on gays, saying they would protect the "traditional family".

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