News release from The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):
The "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" was re-tabled before the Ugandan Parliament in February 2012. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has promised to pass this bill as a Christmas gift to Uganda. The bill now appears on the Parliament’s order of business, following the discussion and consideration of legislation related to oil production in Uganda. The provisions of the bill range from years of imprisonment and high fines to risk of life imprisonment or the death penalty. The bill was first introduced in 2009. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Ugandan non-governmental organization, has vehemently protested re-introduction of the bill.
Statement from Damian Ugwu, Regional Program Coordinator for Africa, IGLHRC
"The Ugandan government has an obligation to promote and protect the human rights of its population without distinction of any kind, including sexual orientation or gender identity. The Uganda anti-homosexuality bill is therefore a vicious attack on human rights of sexual minorities in Uganda. The bill, if passed, will surely incite hatred and specific acts of discrimination, harassment or violence against anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We must raise the questions: Why is the Ugandan parliament bringing this legislation forward at this time? Whose interests does it serve?"
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide. For more information about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission visit: www.iglhrc.org.