|Copied wholesale from ar_wahan.
||[Feb. 12th, 2010|10:42 am]
A bill in the Ugandan parliament proposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of having same-sex relations and imposes the death penalty for "serial offenders." NGO employees working to prevent the spread of HIV could be imprisoned for up to 7 years for "promoting homosexuality." Even members of the public face up to three years in jail if they fail to report homosexual activity to the police within 24 hours!
The bill had been delayed because of some initial international criticism. But after a well-funded and vicious lobbying effort by extremists, it now looks set to be passed -- threatening widespread persecution and bloodshed.
With the decision expected in days, only an irresistible wave of worldwide pressure will be enough to save the lives of gay people in Uganda.
I just signed a new international petition to stop the gay death law. Will you join in?