Ugandan High Commission
58-59 Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DX
This is a message that gay activist, Peter Tatchell sent
On International Human Rights Day, this Monday 10 December, Londoners
will gather outside the High Commission of Uganda to protest against
plans for what is “probably the world’s most harsh and comprehensively
homophobic law, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.”
Currently under consideration by the Uganda parliament, the bill
stipulates the death penalty for repeat homosexual offenders and severe
prison terms many other aspects of gay life, behaviour and gay human
rights advocacy. Contrary to some reports, the death penalty clause has
not been removed from the bill.
Monday’s protest is to “stand in solidarity with Ugandan lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people against the draconian
It is organised by the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development. See their facebook page: http://on.fb.me/NjNyog. It is supported by the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
Please sign the All Out petition against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill: http://www.allout.org/en/actions/uganda-now
“The Bill extends the existing penalty of life imprisonment for
same-sex intercourse to all other same-sex behaviour, including the mere
touching of another person with the intent to have homosexual
relations,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights advocacy
organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“Life imprisonment is also the penalty for contracting a same-sex marriage.
"Promoting homosexuality and aiding and abetting others to commit
homosexual acts will be punishable by five to seven years jail. These
new crimes are likely to include membership and funding of LGBT
organisations, advocacy of LGBT human rights, supportive counselling of
LGBT persons and the provision of condoms or safer sex advice to LGBT
“A person in authority – gay or heterosexual - who fails to report
violators to the police within 24 hours will be sentenced to three years
"Astonishingly, the new legislation has an extra-territorial
jurisdiction. It will also apply to Ugandan citizens or foreign
residents of Uganda who commit these 'crimes' while abroad, in countries
where such behaviour is not a criminal offence. Violators overseas will
be subjected to extradition, trial and punishment in Uganda.
“See this statement by Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law: http://bit.ly/SBmHYF
“This bill is even more draconian than the extreme homophobic laws of countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“It is part of a wide attack on civil society and is symptomatic of Uganda’s drift to authoritarianism," added Mr Tatchell.
In violation of Uganda’s constitution
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates Article 21 of the constitution of
Uganda, which guarantees equality and non-discrimination:
21. Equality and freedom from discrimination.
(1) All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of
political, economic, social and cultural life and in every other respect and
shall enjoy equal protection of the law.
It also breaches the equality and anti-discrimination provisions of the
African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Articles 2, 3 and 4),
which Uganda has signed and pledged to uphold.
See here: http://bit.ly/SCt90e
UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development
07908 455 228
Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
0207 403 1790
For all who live in London, then please join us if you can. Otherwise, kindly sign the petition.