Uganda gearing up to execute HIV+ gays

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on November 30, 2009 0 Comments

This issue has me pretty riled up and I thought my friends here on Gather who don’t follow me elsewhere (Facebook & Twitter) should know about it.

The Ugandan Government is considering (and will most likely enact) legislation that will execute all HIV+ gay individuals and imprison, for life, the rest of gay folk in the country.

Here are some excerpts from news articles:

Life imprisonment is the minimum punishment for anyone convicted of having gay sex, under an anti-homosexuality bill currently before Uganda‘s parliament. If the accused person is HIV positive or a serial offender, or a “person of authority” over the other partner, or if the “victim” is under 18, a conviction will result in the death penalty.

Members of the public are obliged to report any homosexual activity to police with 24 hours or risk up to three years in jail – a scenario that human rightsUgandans breaking the new law abroad will be subject to extradition requests. campaigners say will result in a witchhunt.

(source: Uganda considers death sentence for gay sex in bill before parliament)

Can you believe this? Life in prison for having sex with another person of the same sex as you? If you’re caught having gay sex more than once or you’re HIV-positive, then it’s the death penalty for you! And, just because you don’t live in our country anymore doesn’t mean you’re no longer subject to this law — we’ll hunt you down and find you no matter where you’re living!

Can you imagine living in a nation like this?

It’s truly fantastic that developing/rising nations look to the United States for guidance in shaping their political lands…capes; however, it’s truly a damned shame that when they do so, they pick the most absurd and politically inappropriate examples from our history. The proposed legislation in Uganda re: HIV/homosexuals smacks directly of McCarthyism — perhaps one of the most shameful chapters of American political movements, and perhaps political movements of any and all nations, ever!

So what, exactly, has the United States government done about this? There’s actually a very, very simple, one-word answer: NOTHING!

Other governments around the globe, including Great Britain and Canada, have condemned and deplored Uganda’s proposed legislation:

[UK Prime Minister] Gordon Brown followed Stephen Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, in telling Uganda that the legislation was unacceptable.

Mr Brown made his views plain in a breakfast conversation with President Museveni of Uganda on the margins of the Commonwealth summit.

(source: Uganda proposes death penalty for HIV positive gays)

The United States, through its silence, approves of this deplorable treatment that other nations around the globe are condemning.

Let your voice be heard: Call US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and let her know that you will not stand for the United States Goverment’s silence on this issue, and demand that we, along with other civilized nations, condemn such deplorable treatment: 202-647-4000

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