Friday, November 30th, 2012. New York City – Human rights activists staged a peaceful protest in front of the Mission of Uganda to the United Nations in NYC.
Some of their chants were: Kadaga. Uganda. Gays Are People Too!, Human Rights For Everyone. Shame On Kadaga, Genocide Is Not Christmas! What would Jesus Do? and No Human Rights. No U.S. Aid. Gay Rights Now!
According to Xtra.ca, “Despite an international outcry, Ugandan parliamentarians are poised to pass a new anti-gay law — dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill. Ugandan refugees in Canada say the legislation will be a “disaster” for gay Ugandans.
Homosexuality is already criminalized in Uganda, but the proposed measure, initiated in 2009, increases the penalties. The Bahati bill called for the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality”: that is, if one of the parties is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a so-called “serial offender.”
With the apparent amendments to the bill, these offenses would now carry a sentence of life imprisonment. If the bill, pass, the central African country will step up persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.”
Although not many people attended the protest, almost 1,000,000 (one million) people have signed the petition “Hours to stop Uganda’s horrific anti-gay law” on Avaaz.org To President Museveni of Uganda, Ugandan Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Members of the Parliament, and world leaders.
The petition says, “We stand with citizens across Uganda who are calling on their government to withdraw once and for all the Anti-Homosexual Bill, and to protect the universal human rights embodied in the Ugandan constitution. We urge Uganda’s leaders and key partner countries to join us in rejecting persecution and upholding values of justice and tolerance.”
Another petition on Change.org to Citibank and Barclays: “Condemn Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill” has been signed for more than 500,000 people.
This petition says, “As one of the largest banks in the world, I know you have major operations and many employees in Uganda.
You’re also well known for supporting your LGBT employees and protecting employees and customers from anti-gay discrimination.
With the “Kill the Gays” moving quickly in Uganda’s parliament, you have unique and necessary voice that could help stop this bill in its tracks. Your presence in Uganda is significant, and your voice in opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could have a profound impact in keeping LGBT people safe in Uganda.
I ask you to publicly condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, and send a loud message to Ugandan legislators that criminalizing homosexuality with lifetime prison sentences and the death penalty won’t be supported by major international businesses.”
A 3rd petition to President Yoweri Museveni, “Stop Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill” on AllOut.org has been signed for more than 200,000 people.
The petition says, “In solidarity with people from across Uganda, we ask that you keep your promise to uphold Uganda’s Constitution, and the human rights embodied within it, and veto the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.”
11/30/2012. Mission of Uganda to the United Nations in NYC.