Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Uganda's anti-gay bill will not pass this week – but could resurface later

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A quick post to update you on the situation with Uganda's bill criminalising homosexuality, which appeared set for deliberation in the country's parliament today. In a post on Comment is Free, Simon Sarmiento of the Thinking Anglicans website points out that the bill does not seem to be on the parliament's order of business, and so may not pass this week. However, Sarmiento adds that it could be carried over into the next session of parliament. So, while some encouragement can be taken from this news, clearly the bill isn't dead yet and it is important that supporters of human rights continue to voice their opposition. If you haven't already signed it, a petition calling on the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to stop the bill can be found here.

It's well worth reading Sarmiento's piece in full, as he goes on to discuss the support given to the bill by the Ugandan archbishop Henry Orombi, who is currently boycotting the Anglican Communion over the issue of homosexuality.

Update: The Guardian are reporting that the bill has been dropped from the agenda for the current session of parliament, which ends this week, possibly as a result of international pressure.
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