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Why Museveni won't assent to the Anti -Homosexuality bill Uganda

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Twenty two days until the president of Uganda assents to the Anti-Homosexuality bill. Just a couple of hours until the fate of the LGBT community in Uganda will be sealed. How lucky are the homosexuals in Uganda to have the sentence to love whom they chose reduced to just about 20 years in confinement?! For all we know, the death penalty was a just enough punishment, how flattered is the gay community that they have been given a chance to stay alive and not die for one of the biggest capital offences in the history of Uganda and all of Humanity?!

With a 90% non acceptance rate by the Ugandan population and equally harsh and discriminatory laws, the LGBT people of Uganda face the worst times yet. What is right and wrong when it comes to consensual relationships between adults? Why does the parliament of Uganda feel the unguent need to pass a law that is not in favor of Ugandans, why the rush in condemnation without a ‘fair hearing’ whatsoever?

Would it be in the bad interest of Ugandans for parliament to propose sex education in schools that’s non discriminatory, for the children and future of this nation to know why some people are the way they are rather than keeping people in the dark about homosexuality, and making it seem like such an abomination to be different? For the state and individuals to feel gratified in the continued belittling of homosexuals and ignorantly wising to correct homosexual behavior?!

The principle of non-discrimination underpins the protection of individuals under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, to which Uganda is a party to, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under Article 2(1), state parties are required to “undertake to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property birth or other status”.

The Human Rights Committee expands protection under Article 2(1) in General Comment 31 to say that state parties could also be held accountable for violations of ICCPR rights perpetrated by non-state actors if the state has failed to take measures to protect individuals from these violations.

Article 26 states that “all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law.” It also requires the law to prohibit discrimination and guarantee “equal and effective protection against discrimination” on any protected ground, including race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion, national origin, property, birth or other status.

It’s time the people realize the power belongs to them and stand up and fight for all forms of inequality and what rightly belongs to them even if it’s as trivial as the power of companionship! This rushed passing of laws should leave Ugandans questioning their safety, that the people they entrusted to lead them can pass a law without open debate and consultation from the people is terrifying and clearly undermines freedom of speech and expression. That Ugandans are so willing to stay in the dark about issues such as homosexuality scares me about the future, imagine your mother, father , brother or sister were somewhere alone scared about what would happen to them because they are gay, scared to be corrected by rape, arrested and rashly tried for who they chose to love and possibly facing life imprisonment for something that shouldn't be a crime? What is tradition,Culture? And what is so traditional and cultural about sex? People should be able to freely love who they chose without being afraid. Governments should focus on people who rape gay people to correct them, culprits who physically and emotionally torture homosexuals than two same sex adults who chose to love each other as they are no threat to society. LGBT individuals suffer real mental and psychological harm, whereby it is common for them to be verbally attacked and abused by family members, friends, and even strangers. The state should more fully investigate and report on the treatment of LBGT individuals by state officials while the individuals are held in custody.

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity seriously impedes the ability of LGBT persons to have equal access to medical treatment and adequate health care. The government of Uganda encourages continued discrimination against LGBT persons by failing to properly educate citizens about the causes of HIV/AIDS, and by directly linking HIV/AIDS to homosexual conduct, this has led to the now increase in HIV cases in Uganda because of luck of acknowledgment, discriminatory policies relating to health care regardless of sexual orientation.

Why Museveni won’t pass this bill into law despite the above reasoning in why it shouldn't be passed is because Uganda will not run without the generous handouts from donors and we better be thankful for that string that still keeps the gay people somewhat grounded. How much money do you think could buy a man’s freedom because if I had such an amount, I would buy more time and media space for LGBT activists in Uganda. Gay people should be free to associate and talk about issues that affect them, they should be able to live without fear of arrests and the people who want to be associated with homosexuals should not be made accessories to the crime that is to be homosexual because there is nothing illegal about love.

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jacollura's picture

Keep writing, keep rising

Patsy, I know you will continue to write and speak up, and I want you to know you have my support. I am so very sorry that Westerners brought the evil idea that homosexuality is somehow wrong to Africa. I hope Ugandans, and the rest of the world, realize that the more we love, the better.
With love,
Julie

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