Thursday, 12 May 2011

Latest news: Ugandan anti-gay bill could pass tomorrow

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Contrary to earlier reports, it now appears that the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill could pass tomorrow on the final day of the country’s current parliamentary session.

According to Associated Press, the bill was dropped from the agenda yesterday, but it now looks set to be debated tomorrow, with its author David Bahati saying he expects it to be passed.

The American academic and blogger Warren Throckmorton, who has closely followed the progress of the bill, was in contact yesterday with the Ugandan parliament’s PR manager, Helen Kawesa, who confirmed that it is likely to be deliberated on Friday:
"Helen Kawesa just told me that Parliament has adjourned but will reconvene on Friday to consider the remaining bills on the agenda. They will begin in the morning and work until all of the bills are considered. The intent is to address all bills. The AHB [Anti-Homosexuality Bill] is the last one and is the most vulnerable but with an all day session, it is possible for it to get a third reading. According to Kawesa, Friday is absolutely the last day however as the new Parliament is sworn in on Monday.

According to bill author, David Bahati, the Parliament will meet at 10am and address the remaining four bills on the current order paper. He declined to predict the response of the Parliament but felt sure that the bill would get a debate and discussion."
So there is a very real possibility that the legislation, which has previously included the death penalty for certain same-sex acts, will be passed tomorrow. If you haven’t already, be sure to join the 450,000 people around the world who have signed a petition calling on Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to stop the bill.

Update: As a commenter points out, there is another petition with over 1.5m signatures - be sure to sign both.
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