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Uganda : MP David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Postponed Indefinitely

Today Uganda's Parliament Business Committee discussed topics to be brought before the Parliament in the next quarter. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 was not included.

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8th September 2011 14:43

Alessia Valenza

According to Frank Mugisha, Executive Director at Sexual Minorities Uganda, "information is that the bill can not be debated in a 2nd reading it has to be reintroduced and has to go through all the initial stages."

Frank Mugisha, Executive Director at Sexual Minorities Uganda, monitored the situation at Parliament today. He provided a brief report on Facebook.

There is no SIGN at all that the bill will be discussed today , and it does not appear on the order paper of parliamentary business today, will watch parliament and keep you updated , however information is that the bill can not be debated in a 2nd reading it has to be reintroduced and has to go through all the initial stages.

Behind the Mask contacted sources in Uganda’s Parliament and believes that "debate on the anti-gay bill is postponed indefinitely."

According to sources in the House Business Committee, the Parliamentary body that was supposed to have met in Kampala on Wednesday the meeting had to be put off because the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga is out of the country.

She is in the US attending the on-going Uganda North American Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The chairperson of Uganda’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Stephen Tashobya told Behind the Mask last month that parliament would consider whether to re-introduce the Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009 for debate on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

The Anti Homosexuality Bill and the HIV/Aids Control Bill 2010 are amongst the bills that expired in the course of the previous parliament which legislators now want to dispose off as a priority.

Rose Najjemba, a legislator said recently that the HIV/Aids Control Bill would be soon re-introduced and Ugandan HIV/Aids and human rights activists opposed to criminalization of HIV spread are lobbying for the bill to drop criminalization clauses, and also include homosexual’s rights to health in the bill.

Parliament’s Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga told an induction workshop for legislators early this year that the two bills had been a priority but had expired with the last Parliament.

Last week far right religious groups renewed their campaign to reintroduce the bill in Parliament and were challenged by LGBTI activists in Uganda.

On 10 August, Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) and The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL) launched the "HATE NO MORE CAMPAIGN" with a Press Conference at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The coalition of over 30 organisations called for an end to hate towards the LGBTI community.