Sign the petition: “Uganda: Stop the Law against homosexuality”

Sign the petition: "Uganda: Stop the Law against homosexuality"

The President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has referred the new Law against homosexuality to Parliament for amendments, praising the legislative body for its support

He did not veto it but sent it back to Parliament for the final finishing touches and then; we are sure that the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni will put his signature on this new Law that will destroy the entire LGBTQ+ community of the African country.

Uganda toughen the penalty for homosexuality

“Now things could evolve quickly: we expect the Ugandan parliament to present an updated version of the draconian law, perhaps within a week. And the president seems intent on signing it.

That would mean:

– 10 years in prison for “attempted homosexuality”

– 20 years in prison for “promoting homosexuality”

– life imprisonment for sexual acts between adults of the same sex

– the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”

We must ACT NOW to stop this bill.”

Richard Lusimbo

Director General – Uganda Key Populations Consortium

Co-organizer – Convening for Equality (CFE).

SIGN HERE THE PETITION “UGANDA: STOP THE LAW AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY”

Below is the text of the petition hosted on the All Out website to ask the President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni to withdraw this Law against homophobia.

To His Excellency, Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda:

Dear President Museveni,

We respectfully request that you do not sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 into Ugandan law.

The draft law denies fundamental human and constitutional rights to LGBT+ citizens of Uganda.

Uganda is, for example, a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This is a binding international commitment. But the draft law you are considering clearly stands in opposition to multiple articles of the UDHR, including the right to privacy, the right to freedom of expression, and the right to equal treatment before the law.

It enables and emboldens those who want to take the law into their own hands by intimidating and attacking their fellow citizens. It also sets a terrible precedent of morality through organized religion, being a basis for legislation in a country whose Constitution describes it as secular.

If passed, it could turn Uganda into an international pariah state, risking private sector investment and international donor support that benefit all Ugandans. Furthermore, this law, if passed, will be used to suppress the rights and voices of an already marginalized group, who also deserve state protection as citizens of this country.

Uganda would put all this at stake for very little benefit. The concerns raised by lawmakers about crimes such as pedophilia and rape are already covered in the Ugandan criminal code. These existing laws rightly apply to all Ugandans – whether gay or straight.

Passing this bill also plays into the hands of neo-colonial forces from the US, Russia and elsewhere that have imported dangerous false narratives about LGBT+ people into your country.

Ugandan LGBT+ people are everywhere. They are doctors, lawyers, priests, shopkeepers, and teachers. They want to live their lives as law-abiding citizens of a country they love.

Please do not make them outcasts in their own country.

SIGN HERE THE PETITION “UGANDA: STOP THE LAW AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY”

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