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Uganda Proposes Death Penalty For Gays!

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by October, Dec 10, 2009.

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    The Anti-Homosexuality Bill features several provisions that criminalize homosexuals in the country of Uganda:

    • Gays and lesbians convicted of having gay sex would be sentenced, at minimum, to life in prison

    • People who test positive for HIV may be executed

    • Homosexuals who have sex with a minor, or engage in homosexual sex more than once, may also receive the death penalty

    • The bill forbids the "promotion of homosexuality," which in effect bans organizations working in HIV and AIDS prevention

    • Anyone who knows of homosexual activity taking place but does not report it would risk up to three years in prison
    "Who will go to HIV testing if he knows that he will suffer the death sentence?" Elizabeth Mataka, the U.N. Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa, told reporters last week. "The law will drive them away from seeking counseling and testing services."
    Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda under colonial-era laws. But the bill, introduced in October, is intended to put more teeth into prosecuting violators.
    It applies even to Ugandans participating in same-sex acts in countries where such behavior is legal.
    "They are supposed to be brought back to Uganda and convicted here. The government is putting homosexuality on the level of treason," Mugisha said.
    Lawmakers have indicated that they will pass the bill before year's end.
    It has the blessing of many religious leaders -- Muslim and Christian -- in a country where a July poll found 95 percent opposed to legalizing homosexuality.
    The Rev. Esau Omara, a senior church leader, said over the weekend that any lawmaker opposing the bill will pay for it during the next election, according to local newspaper reports.
    And a leading Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje, has called for gays to be rounded up and banished to an island until they die.

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    Msimamo wa Tanzania kwa Gays na Lesbian ni upi?
     
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