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Central London Humanists Message Board Campaigns & Activism › A question of Human Rights - Kill Uganda gays

A question of Human Rights - Kill Uganda gays

Josh K.
JoshKutchinsky
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 57
Not another question of homosexual rights!

Actually this is not just about homosexuality. It is about a law being morally reprehensible - like the anti-Jewish laws in Nazi Germany, like apartheid in South Africa. This bill in Uganda if it becomes law is contrary to the Ugandan constitution, it flouts international conventions to which Uganda is a signatory. The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates the equality and non-discrimination provisions of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Uganda is a signatory

Whether you are a Christian or a Muslim, no matter your religious beliefs, you should protest for this has nothing to do with a belief that homosexuality is wrong. Humanists, who are ethical atheists or agnostics are already likely to be convinced of the importance of defending human rights. This is a question of the value of a human life. We are told that this Ugandan bill was encouraged by some evangelical US citizens who attended/organised a conference in Kampala earlier this year. Some are now resiling at the dangerous hatred they have unleashed but they are not going as far as to condemn it. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the later covenants and conventions came about by people from many nations recognising that democracy was no protection from the persecution of a minority by the majority (or even another minority). What was needed was a minimum statement of human values. Many a Christian, many a Muslim claimed that these rights were actually derived from their holy scriptures but that their scriptures went even further in, they claimed, providing a theistic underpinning of the moral structure. Thus few had problems signing up to this document. It was, they said, after all only their religious doctrines written in a secular formulation.

Read the bill here and recognise intolerant virulent hate speech in legal formulation.

We in the UK should be cautious of taking too much of a holier than thou attitude, the existing sexual prohibitions in Uganda are essentially a relic of British colonial law. Some of us will remember the 1950s and early sixties when male homosexual relations were illegal. The general view of the public was ignorant and prejudiced. Corruption and blackmail was rife. It is impossible to calculate how many people's lives were ruined. Some were killed others were maimed. A slow murder by a thousand cuts is not just murder but it is also torture. Among the victims will certainly have been some who would otherwise have been destined to be small or great benefactors to human society; doctors, engineers, artists, writers, and so on.

Any protest against this bill becoming law is a protest on behalf of us all, of humanity both inside Uganda and outside; of those Ugandans, and there are many, who are kind and gentle as well as those who are strong and determined; supporters of human value and human life; even of those who lacking moral imagination dream up such horrors. History tells us that they will often end up poisoned by their own venom but unfortunately only after many others, many innocents, have suffered greatly.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Protest the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Thursday 10th December 2009

12pm- 2pm

Ugandan High Commission

58-59 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross

London, WC2N 5DX

If you can't attend Thursday's protest, please lobby your MP and MEP. Ask them to write to the Ugandan High Commissioner, Joan Rwabyomere, urging that the legislation is dropped. You can email your MP and MEP here: www.writetothem.com

You can also email the Ugandan High Commissioner, Joan Rwabyomere, yourself:

info@ugandahighcommission.co.uk

The new Anti-Homosexuality Bill, if passed, proposes the death penalty for 'aggravated' and 'serial' homosexual acts and extends the existing penalty of life imprisonment for anal sex to all other same-sex behaviour, including the mere touching of another person with the intent to have gay relations. Life imprisonment is also the penalty for contracting a same-sex marriage.

The London protest is being coordinated by the Gay Activists Alliance International, with the support of Gay Uganda and Ugandan LGBT exiles. Mr Tatchell will speak at the rally, together with Davis Mac-Iyalla (Nigeria and co-founder of GAAI) and Skye Chirape (Zimbabwe) The Secretary of the Central London Humanists, also a Trustee of the BHA will also be speaking.

Membership of LGBT organisations and funding for them, advocacy of LGBT human rights and the provision of condoms or safer sex advice to LGBT people will result in a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of seven years for "promoting" homosexuality. A person in authority who fails to report violators to the police within 24 hours will incur three years behind bars.

According to Dennis Hambridge, GAAI global coordinator:

"The bill is likely to be detrimental to the fight against HIV/AIDS by denying gay and bisexual men access to condoms and safer sex advice and driving countless numbers of them further underground. It will create even more stigma, discrimination and oppression

"Activists in Uganda have reported to GAAI that there are eight gay people currently awaiting trial or sentencing in Uganda.

"With immense pressure being put on the Ugandan Government to drop the bill, by human rights groups, governments and religious groups worldwide, we call on our people in the UK to support this protest," he said.

GAAI are also hoping that gay Ugandan John Bosco Nyombi will be able to attend Thursday's protest. Earlier this year, the British courts ordered the return of John Bosco Nyombi to the UK after he was illegally and forcibly returned to Uganda while seeking asylum in the UK.

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill threatens the human rights of all Ugandans. .

http://www1.umn.edu/h...­

http://www2.ohchr.org...­

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been condemned by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists and the World AIDS Campaign.

It violates the Commonwealth principles of human rights and human dignity. You can email the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, here:
secretary-general@commonwealth.int


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