Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Calls grow for Uganda to reject anti-gay bill - By Jessica Geen –

A bill in Uganda which would see gay people being executed has led to protests and public calls for it to be rejected.

America, France and the UK have already expressed concern over the bill, which would create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality".

It would mean death or life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality. Those found guilty of "promoting" homosexuality would also received harsh punishments.

On Saturday, around 40 activists, including John Bosco Nyombi, the gay Ugandan man who recently won his asylum fight, protested outside Ugandan House in central London.

MEP Michael Cashman, the co-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights, has called the bill "deeply worrying" and said his group will be keeping an eye on developments.

Cashman said: "I strongly appeal to Ugandan politicians to be as courageous as they were when overthrowing the Idi Amin regime and not to ban Ugandan citizens from being free to love whomever they wish. Homosexuality is nothing un-African; it has existed at all times and in all cultures." Read complete article - By Jessica

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