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Rights Groups Urge Uganda to Reject Anti-Gay Bill

May 11, 2011

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International today issued a joint statement calling for Ugandan lawmakers to vote down a bill that calls for the death penalty for cases of "aggravated homosexuality," same-sex rape or in which one partner has HIV/AIDS. The measure also proposes to criminalize public discussion of homosexuality and penalize landlords who knowingly rent property to someone who is gay. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is expected to be debated and voted on later today, "flies in the face of human decency and violates international human rights law," said Michelle Kagari, AI's deputy director for Africa. Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, punishable by life imprisonment in some cases. "Not only would the bill institutionalize discrimination against those who are, or who are thought to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, if this bill is passed it could be interpreted as an official incitement to commit violence against LGBT people," said Graeme Reid of HRW.

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