Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Ugandan LGBTI Campaigners Challenge Bill

Dr Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe

Whilst Ugandan former Vice President Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe spoke out against the bill:

“In recent months, I have engaged with governments, public officials and civil society leaders in Africa, where we are seeing a dangerous resurgence of discrimination and homophobia in some countries.  
In Uganda, I highlighted to President Museveni that the criminalization of homosexuality only serves to fuel stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and risks undermining the national AIDS response, which is otherwise making significant progress.”  
Kazibwe further said in her meetings with members of Parliament, she expressed extreme caution that the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act would have negative public health implications and serious consequences for Uganda’s international reputation and support from donors.

The anti-homosexuality law was being challenged in court:

Rights activists have petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court in a case challenging the validity of the country's new anti-gay measure. 
The activists — under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law — filed the petition Tuesday in the presence of some prominent Ugandan gay activists. 
Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who helped to draft the petition, said the new anti-gay law violates the country's constitution because it encourages the discrimination of people based on sexual orientation. He said it will be several months, even years, before judges reach a decision in the case.

Probably about as many years as it'll take to bring Scott Lively to trial in America. The wheels of justice turn slowly, if they turn at all.

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