28 November 2012

Uganda: 'Kill the Gays' Bill: Ugandan Activists Confirm Death Penalty Not Removed

Ugandan activists confirmed today at a press briefing organised by AllOut.org that the death penalty had not been dropped from the "Kill The Gays bill - contrary to media reports claiming the contrary. A source at the American embassy in Uganda confirmed that the law went through a consultary committee that cannot make changes to the law.

"The only version of the bill that is public today still includes the death penalty provision for 'aggravated homosexuality'" said Kasha Jacqueline, Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG). "We know that the bill still refers to death, contrary to what the media is saying."

Kasha told reporters that support from around the world is necessary.

She reminded them that when the bill was first introduced global pressure helped stall the bill. "Ugandan lawmakers need to know the world is still watching now," she said.

"Until the Ugandan Parliament makes the current bill public, we must assume the bill contains the death penalty for gays," said Andre Banks, Executive Director and Cofounder of All Out.

"More than 200,000 people from Africa and around the world, have joined All Out's call for Uganda to drop the 'Kill the Gays' bill," Andre Banks said. "Ugandan leaders must realize the 'Kill the Gays' bill is not in the best interest of Uganda's future."

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