Uganda draws up new anti-gay law - activists

2014-11-08 16:06

Kampala - Uganda's ruling party has drawn up a new anti-gay legislation and could push it through parliament before the end of the year, rights activists said on Saturday.

The move comes nearly a year after Ugandan MPs passed a bill that would have seen gays face up to life behind bars, only to see the bill struck down by the constitutional court on a technicality.

According to a leaked copy of the new draft bill, MPs have instead focussed on outlawing the "promotion" of homosexuality - something that activists said made it far more repressive and wide-reaching.

"People don't realise that the 'promotion' part of it will affect everybody," said prominent gay rights activist Frank Mugisha told AFP.

"If newspapers report about homosexuality it could be seen as promotion. My Twitter account could be seen as promotion. All human rights groups that include LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] rights defence in their activities could be accused of promotion."

According to the draft, anyone convicted of promoting homosexuality would be liable to seven years imprisonment.

"We have been confirmed that the draft comes from the cabinet. Their plan is to present it to parliament as soon as possible, before the end of the year," Mugisha said.

"They have just twisted the language but it is the same thing. It's actually worst because the 'promotion' part is harsher and it will punish the funding of LGBT and human rights groups," he added.

Mugisha said the revival of such legislation will also result in anti-gay violence.

"We will try as hard as possible to kill it before it is taken to parliament, because if the law gets to parliament it will be passed as soon as possible.

"Elections are coming, and the politicians want to be seen as fighting against this evil homosexuality," he said.

The government has not commented on the draft, although Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been under pressure for several months from his own party to ensure that anti-gay legislation is passed.

Last month, however, Museveni signalled he was having second thoughts, arguing the east African nation needed to consider the impact on trade and economic growth.

Although popular domestically, the previous law was branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups and condemned by several key allies and donors including the European Union and United States.

  • Hosni Mubar - 2014-11-08 16:16

    Shocking how hateful and racist people can be. Tragically ironical that black people can be so racist and bigotted.

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 18:13

      Its not racism; its dislike of abnormality.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 18:55

      Bongani, who decides what "normal" is? If someone is different to you, does that mean they are "abnormal"?

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 19:46

      Nicola, first God and then our forebearers, from time immemorial, lay it down for us what is normal or abnormal behaviour.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 20:31

      And who says that your interpretation of God's will is correct?

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-09 05:34

      I don't have to interprete this part because its not written figuratively, its plain instruction for us from God.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-09 08:09

      When you interpret religious material without considering the background of cultural norms and the quality of scientific information available at the time, then you are interpreting that material in a dogmatic manner. An interpretation of this type can provide fertile ground for religious fundamentalism, which discredits religion in the eyes of people who are turned off by hypocrisy and ignorance. So Bongani, you ARE in fact interpreting the Bible and, in my opinion, your interpretation is leading you down the wrong path.

      C'est moi - 2014-11-09 08:38

      I have many wonderful gay friends - I may not always approve of their lifestyle because of the dangers involved but I can still love and accept them as fellow human beings. (The greatest and most intelligent friend I ever had was murdered by a gay basher)

  • Marko Lasene - 2014-11-08 16:47

    @Hosni, where do you see racism? The majority of ugandan dont agree with unnatural practices. Is that being racist?

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 18:15

      Just like apartheid wasn't seen as an unnatural racist pactice by white people back in the day? Some people in this country are so quick to forget the rights that they have fought for and the people who have died for equality and the chance to be seen as equals.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 18:58

      Marko, if homosexuality is "unnatural", then why does it occur in nature?

  • Koonradie Steyn - 2014-11-08 16:48

    Anything to scrap this immoral practice, its a yes for me.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 17:59

      Should go live in Oranje with your people then? But then again most of those boertjies are soooo closeted as a result of Afrikaans tradition.

  • bruce.field1 - 2014-11-08 17:00

    Gay should be BANNED.

      Ernst Du Toit - 2014-11-08 17:40

      I couldn't agree more with you.It's foul and disgusting,gays are an abomination and I will NEVER accept it

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 18:02

      @Bruce, i think stupidity and ignorance should be banned, but yet here you are... Unfortunate. @Ernst no one is asking you for acceptance, and in all honesty i dont need acceptance from you, we live in a country which has a constitution which enshrines equality.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 19:00

      Good one, Cameron! Well said.

  • Titch Chapfika - 2014-11-08 17:10

    Hell fire is destiny of the sexually immoral.

      Walterx Lebzax - 2014-11-08 19:05

      You are 125% correct.

  • Nico Ratsela - 2014-11-08 17:20

    f***k this law makers

  • Patrick McDonnell - 2014-11-08 17:30

    As a Uruguayan farmer, I found these sickening persecutions to be so unspeakably barbaric that I have ensured that my growers co-op will no longer supply food aid to Uganda. Perhaps your god will drop you supplies of manna instead.

      PeterJJhb - 2014-11-08 17:35

      Well done Patrick! I agree!!!

      Walterx Lebzax - 2014-11-08 21:10

      A happy productive farmer whose cattle engage in same sex relationships. A productive farm where rams hump each other and ewes use sex toys. Do you also touch those cabbages after shafting a man's butt? No keep your dirty food, who told you we want your food in Africa?

  • Jay Heyns - 2014-11-08 17:34

    Shame on Uganda. Such a backward step for such a beautiful country.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 18:04

      Moyo, no it has nothing to do with moving forward. Its about accepting the fact that a genetic predisposition as a result of two "straight" consenting adults have brought a child into this world which isn't genetically wired as others and as a result isn't attracted to the opposite sex.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 19:03

      No Moyo, by accepting other peoples' differences and moving beyond the fear of the unknown, you are becoming a mature individual - you are moving forward.

  • Carl Dean - 2014-11-08 17:36

    Mofo's no place in society.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 17:57

      Well then you must be living in the wrong society and country. Why not go to Uganda and be away from the "gays" because here in South Africa we have equality laws.

  • Cheryl Laing - 2014-11-08 17:47

    Thank God for a country that has their head straight and stands up for righteousness.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 17:55

      If we going according to righteousness and the word of the bible, why isn't the white man there controlling his slaves as the bible encourages. Why is a country that has their head straight so undeveloped, impoverished and in need of much social aid from individuals who in most instances are gay and hold positions of power?

      Clint Warren - 2014-11-08 18:08

      Thank God for Yoweri Museveni - the Ugandans must really love him to have kept him in power for 28 years. It must be his outstanding human rights record; the way that he deals firmly with those pesky investigative journalists; his crack-down on political opponents; his overseeing of chronic political instability and economic mismanagement; his exemplary Christian morals....

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 18:11

      @Clint, everyones a devout Christian when it suits them. Yet they are the first to judge and point fingers.

  • Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 18:01

    Homosexuality is evil, and the promotion of this evil behaviour is even worse than homosexuality itself. Uganda is right to discourage this evil behavior and its promotion. Other politicians, all over the world, are going to follow in the Ugandans' footsteps or be rejected by the electorate of their countries. We are not going sit and watch a few evil people corrupting our world by engaging and promoting evil practices. If they want to engage in this sordid and disgusting behaviour, its up to them, but they must do so in private and not in public; promoting it is out of question.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 18:10

      I think you need to a dictionary, because your definition of what evil is, is way off. Raping someone is evil, murder is evil, torture is evil etc etc. Please describe how, for example; me waking up every morning, giving someone i love affection (just like straight people do), going to work/university and contributing to society, coming home and cooking/cleaning, spending time with my partner, going to sleep, and then waking up and doing the whole again. How can that be described as evil? You and I aren't that different appart from the fact that you are attracted to women and i am attracted to a man as a result of my parents giving birth to me with a genetic difference that i am hardwired (something i cant help) to be attracted to a man.

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 18:47

      Homosexuality is distasteful to the overwhelming majority of our society and therefore bad for our taste; and harmful to the characters of the mentally immature kids. Anything bad and harmful is evil, as the Oxford English Dictionary confirms this.

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 19:05

      The Holy Bible in Leviticus 18:22 states that: 'You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; that is an abomination to God'. Anything which is loathsome to God must not be promoted but must be discouraged.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 19:06

      Well said, Cameron!

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 19:38

      @Bongani you might want to read the rest of Leviticus while you are at it. Also take that verse and put it into context in regards to Sodom and Gamora where visiters were being raped.

  • Lwandiso Slovas Mtokwana - 2014-11-08 18:37

    haa going to court jst because u want to ejaculate in someone anus lol sum people

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 19:42

      The fact that you immediately equate being gay with anal sex shows how ignorant and uneducated you are. Also some bum love on the side maybe?

  • Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 19:25

    If these gays and lesbians immorality campaigns continue, we who are against them will soon be forced to organise ourselves and list their activists and then target them with holistic sanctions, but not verbally or physically harm them as we are not savages. Then they will understand that we are serious and we do not want our world to be immorally corrupted.

      Cameron Roy Hart - 2014-11-08 19:41

      A time will come when you can no longer scapegoat gays and lesbians for the moral decay in society. Are you going to blame gay people for all the murders, rape, corruption, pedophelia for the wrongs commited by over 99.90 percent of the "straight" perpetrators?

      Bongani Hlongwa - 2014-11-08 19:57

      Cameron, I always apportion a blame to where it belongs; and that's why I am embarking on a campaign of having violent criminals hanged, and at the same time saying that gays and lesbians must not be verbally or physically harmed.

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-11-08 20:20

    It makes me sick when all you god botherers start sprouting the bible every time you hear the word "Gay". You homophobic bunch of hypocrites make me sick. What harm can homosexualality possibly do to you? Maybe you should look at your duly elected government to show you what true evil really is. Get a bloody life you idiots!!

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-11-08 20:22

    HOW prey tell can homosexualality possibly corrupt children's minds?? Unless you useless parents teach small children graphic sexual details how can it corrupt? Do you teach your children what goes on in YOUR bedroom?

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-08 22:37

      Exactly, Penny. It has been proven that homosexuality is caused by a combination of (epi)genetic factors and in utero development. In other words, a person's sexual preferences in this respect are most often physiologically determined, assuming no sexual abuse or past trauma. So, why always bring religion into the matter? Isn't it perhaps because humanities' fear of homosexuality (and therefore prejudice against it) is as ancient as our religions? Does that make it OK to continue with this misunderstanding about a group of people who are just trying to get on with their lives, like we want to?

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-11-08 20:24

    Simon you want to talk about corrupting kids minds - why do you bainwash them with stories about the invisible man in the sky?

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-11-08 21:30

    Some of the comments on this article really highlight the existence of Freud's Reaction Formation Theory.

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-11-08 21:46

    Simon if you are gay you are still male or female so I don't see the relevance of your question.

  • Koos Koekkies - 2014-11-09 05:27

    I'm gay. There. I'm also an atheist. There. But mostly, I'm a humanist. I truly believe that everyone has a right to freedom of expression, and that the law is not always right. This is now truly a point in case. Have you ever wondered if the gods you worship are gay or straight? Of course not, because the gods are automatically straight like you and hopefully your offspring. There's just one thing though, non of the gods ever married, and all the present-day gods are male. Jesus kissed men. They partied 'till late at night, and when the wine dried up, Jesus Christ came to the rescue, instead of aiding the helpless in other countries. That's not how straight people with healing powers behave.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-09 08:22

      Hi Koos, please don't let some insecure people turn you off Christianity. Christ's followers are definitely not perfect. You can not rely on them to lead you to God, RELY ON CHRIST ALONE. Develop your own unique and special relationship with Him and forgive His people for their ignorance. Christ knows that you do NOT need to be "cured" of homosexuality anymore than you need to have every gene in your body replaced! Don't give up on Christianity, Koos. Give it one more chance ...

      Koos Koekkies - 2014-11-09 08:29

      What makes your god more gay friendly than all the other gods Nicola? All your gods worshiped today hate gay men, not gay women or gay animals. So Nicola, no thanks.

      Nicola Rushin nee Davis - 2014-11-09 12:02

      No worries, Koos. I understand your point completely.

  • Koos Koekkies - 2014-11-09 05:54

    The holy Bible written by men and inspired by the Holy Ghost, CLEARLY instructs that homosexual men MUST be stoned to death. The Holy Ghost also wrote through men that the following people MUST also be stoned to death along with homosexual men (nothing about homosexual women): Touching Mount Sinai while God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:13) An ox that gores someone to death should be stoned (Exodus 21:28) Breaking Sabbath (Numbers 15:32–36) An engaged virgin and the man who lies with her in a town, together, since she did not cry out (Deuteronomy 22:24) Giving one's "seed" (presumably one's offspring) "to Molech" (Leviticus 20:2–5) Having a "familiar spirit" (or being a necromancer) or being a "wizard" (Lev. 20:27) Cursing God (Lev. 24:10–16) Engaging in idolatry (Deuteronomy 17:2–7) or seducing others to do so (Deut. 13:7–12) "Rebellion" against parents (Deut. 21,18–21) Getting married as though a virgin, when not a virgin (Deut. 22:13–21) Sexual intercourse between a man and a woman engaged to another man (both should be stoned, Deut. 22:23–24)

  • Shawn Jared Fegen - 2014-11-09 12:33

    I find it amusing that people can allow what others do in their private time to get to them let alone the fact that homosexuality poses no threat to anyone yet you jump and scream like children running from cooties. Then get you get religious quoting for a book written thousands of years ago "through the hand of man, through the voice of God" (we technically call that schizophrenia now but, hey, ill go with it) and keep saying how "judgement day will come" and that "Jesus will rise again" which have been used since the apparent death of Jesus and probably for the next 1 million years (hopefully religion will have died out long before then but you get what I mean) I've honestly come to see that there is no arguing with the religious bigots (its simply pointless and a waste of energy) so simply put, you like the law, move to Uganda because no matter what homosexuality a part of nature and if you cant let that sink in, well, then that's your issue because judging by the comments and the likes here there are few that are against homosexuality and more that are for equal human rights. maybe people should start educating themselves and I mean actual research, not what you were brought up to believe. All the information is right at your fingertips, yet you have chosen not to use it which actually makes me feel sad for most of you...

  • Gerhard van Heerden - 2014-11-09 14:20

    Well done Uganda, God bless you

  • Gerhard van Heerden - 2014-11-09 14:22

    Duncan, you should start thinking about your future after life... Because it seems to me you dont have any...

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