Thursday, December 24, 2009

Uganda government softens proposed anti-gay law - By Elias Biryabarema – Reuters, 12/23/09

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda will soften its proposed anti-gay legislation, but the government denied on Wednesday that it was bowing to an outcry in the West over a controversial bill that could have seen homosexuals put to death.

Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo told Reuters that the revised law would now probably limit the maximum penalty for offenders to life in prison rather than execution.

"There have been a lot of discussions in government ... regarding the proposed law, but we now think a life sentence could be better because it gives room for offenders to be rehabilitated," he said in an interview.

"Killing them might not be helpful."

Uganda, long a darling of donors for its stable economy and widespread economic reforms, has come under intense pressure from Western nations to ease its anti-gay stance.

Under the original proposal "serial offenders", and those who commit "aggravated homosexuality", faced a death sentence.

Now the east African nation appears to have heeded condemnation from Western governments as well as international Christian and community leaders.

Buturo denied the change in government attitude had been forced by Western censure. "It's really out of our consultation with various groups, including religious leaders. It has nothing to do with external forces," he said… Read complete article - By Elias Biryabarema – Reuters, 12/23/09

Related links:

Reuters: Uganda government softens Kill Gays bill - Timothy Kincaid – Box Turtle Bulletin

Pope Benedict XVI's Missed Opportunity to Condemn Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - BY MICHAEL A. JONES – Gay Rights/

Full Text of Catholic Archbihop's Condemnation of "Kill Gays" Bill - Jim Burroway - Box Turtle Bulletin

Archbishop of York Denounces Uganda’s “Kill Gays” Bill - Jim Burroway - Box Turtle Bulletin

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