The Commonwealth will be meeting this week as they become furious over a proposed law that would impose life imprisonment on homosexuals in Uganda – and it’s being proposed by their president, Yoweri Museveni!
According to The Globe and Mail:
The law, proceeding through Uganda’s Parliament and supported by some of its top leaders, would imprison anyone who knows of the existence of a gay or lesbian and fails to inform the police within 24 hours. It requires the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as any sexual act between gays or lesbians in which one person has the HIV virus.
Well, things are heating up in the Commonwealth because Museveni is the chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, that starts this Friday with 53 countries represented. If this proposed law is raised at the summit, it’s going to create a strong divide with the countries because of their strong opposing views on homosexuality. Several Commonwealth countries that include Canada and Britain have quite liberal views on it, but on the flip side many not so liberal countries in Africa and the Caribbean, for example still have laws that criminalize homosexuality.
A lot of responsibility is being put on the Commonwealth to hold Uganda accountable for this frightening proposed hate law. Activists want them to suspend their membership in the Commonwealth if they pass this law. Makes sense to me. I mean, can you image? It makes me sick to my stomach thinking of the gay people that live in these countries that are afraid for their lives because of how they were born.
More On The Proposed Law:
Life Sentence of Imprisonment on Anyone who:
– “penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual contraption.”
– “touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”
Even more, the law demands that citizens get a 3-year prison sentence if they know of anyone that is gay and fail to report it to the authorities within 24 hours. It even goes as far as allowing for the prosecution of Ugandans who engage in homosexual acts while in other countries. Should they fight for their rights? Well, they covered that too. It imposes a prison sentence of up to 7 years for anybody that defends the rights of gays and lesbians. Uganda just became that last place on earth that I plan on going to.
I’m crossing my fingers that this law does not pass.