Monday, 16 May 2011

Uganda Update

The Ugandan Government appears to be backtracking on the proposed law to execute gays and lesbians in their country. A massive campaign which led to tens of thousands of phone calls to the Ugandan Parliament and the delivery of a petition of 1.6 million signatures led to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill being withdrawn in spite of a last minute attempt by Christian groups to have it passed.

The struggle is not over, however - the Bill could return to Parliament in as short a time as eighteen months to be debated again, and gay people still face constant harassment and violence in the country, where homosexuality remains illegal under laws dating back to the days of British administration.

More here on The Ecosocialist's blog, which has followed this issue closely and supported strongly the campaign to block the Bill.

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