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Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Gets First Reading in Parliament

Reports out of Uganda indicate that an anti-homosexuality bill advocating the death penalty has been tabled for a reading.

UG Pulse reports: Ssekandi  

"The long awaited HIV/AIDS control bill has been tabled in Parliament for the first reading today morning. The bill seeks to penalize deliberate spread of HIV/AIDS, with death as the maximum punishment. This bill however has been widely criticized by the International community as it is likely to increase stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS. The chairperson of the comiittee, Beatrice Rwakimari tabled the bill including the certificate of financial implications. The Speaker of Uganda Parliament, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi referred the bill to the Social Services committee for scrutiny."

BBC: "In Uganda, plans to introduce draconian new laws against homosexuality look likely to go ahead despite mass protests, a major petition, and condemnation from the international community. The bill, which proposes the death penalty for so-called 'serial offenders', has already been described as 'odious' by President Obama. A senior minister in Kampala has suggested that the death penalty could be replaced with life imprisonment."

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has some analysis on possible changes to it:

"Clause 3. (1) (b) was often cited to support the claim that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would impose the death penalty for the “deliberate” spread of HIV, but it is important to note that the bill contains no requirement that the intent be deliberate at all. In fact, the third subclause would suggest that the death penalty would apply upon receiving a positive serostatus result from an HIV test, which might very well be the first time the charged individual would know he or she was HIV-positive. Alternately, if the accused already knew he was HIV-positive, the proposed bill provides no acknowledgment that the accused’s partner may have known about it and entered into a consensual relationship. Health care professionals worry that the effect of the entire provision would be to discourage people from learning their HIV status."

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  1. The international community can go around condemning and talking about how "odious" these events in Uganda and Malawi are, but unless they're willing to put real teeth in their condemnations-- like threatening to simultaneously pull all aid (and that means including the U.S)-- it's all just talk and it's not going to help. There have to be real consequences, or else we're going to see a lot more of this.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | May 20, 2010 11:11:38 AM

  2. Note to people who may not know about the verb "to table" and how it is used in opposite ways: in the US, "to table" something means "to remove it from discussion"; whereas in just about every other English-speaking country in the world, "to table" something means "to include it in discussion". Here it is being included in the agenda for discussion. The point is, they wanna kill gays.

    Posted by: dveej | May 20, 2010 12:28:30 PM

  3. They do wanna kill gays. They're animals...a bullet or threat of suspension of aid is all they'll respond to. Inferior people respond to inferior incentives.

    Posted by: TANK | May 20, 2010 1:49:01 PM

  4. Inferior? INFERIOR?

    How about theocratically superstitious and abhorantly ignorant.

    Inferior is incorrect AND top-drawer Racist, Moron.

    Posted by: New Jersey Gil | May 20, 2010 2:42:07 PM

  5. Look, blood belching cunt, people may die as a result of this so you can stop with the whole, "how dare you criticize a black person anywhere for whatever reason," white guilt trip (I don't care if you call me a doesn't matter to me, and your white guilt is as stupid as you are), and there is no difference between theocratically superstitious and abhorently ignorant and INFERIOR. Cultures and people can be and are inferior to other cultures and people. It's a fact.

    Posted by: TANK | May 20, 2010 3:03:24 PM

  6. Andy,

    This is the wrong bill.

    The HIV/AIDS Bill is different and separate from the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    The full text of the HIV/AIDS Bill can be seen at

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | May 20, 2010 7:32:17 PM

  7. Even as totally explicit as Tank can be expressive, I do tend to go along with what he says and in my advancing years have realised that yes there are some cultures that really are inferior to non pC and as awful as it sounds. I see a repeat holocaust once again in Africa.....think Biafra, Rwanda, the Congo, Sierra Leone, the Sudan...the list goes on. There is no end to hatred and brutality on that continent.

    Posted by: DavidW | May 20, 2010 9:36:49 PM

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