• Uganda's Defends its Anti-Pornography Bill

    The Ugandan government has defended itself against the controversial Anti-Pornography Bill, saying it is not about miniskirts.

    According to an article by Nangayi Guyson, with its vague and broad definition of 'pornography', the bill could curb a range of individual rights and freedoms.

    Guyson explains that just months after MP David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - referred to by many as the 'Kill the Gays' Bill - attracted international attention and much condemnation, the Anti-Pornography Bill has now generated another storm of controversy in Uganda and beyond.

    To read the article titled, “Uganda's Anti-Pornography Bill - 'If a woman wears a miniskirt, we will arrest her',” click here.

    All Africa
  • Uganda to Criminalise Miniskirts

    Uganda is considering extraordinary measures against women's rights that will see arrests for wearing skirts above the knee in public.

    The proposed Anti-Pornography Bill will mark a return to the era of dictator Idi Amin, who banned short skirts by decree.

    Meanwhile, many Ugandans are opposed to the idea and it has spawned a Twitter hashtag, #SaveMiniSkirt.

    The government-backed Bill would also see many films and television dramas banned and personal Internet use closely monitored by officials.

    To read the article titled, “Uganda Bill criminalises miniskirts,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • CSOs Publish First Bribery Newsletter

    Ugandan NGO leaders have marked the first Monday in 2013 with pomp and drama by intensifying their anti-graft crusade dubbed the Black Monday Movement campaign.

    Key on their activities was the vending of a free Black Monday bulletin written by key NGO leaders between 7am and 8am on 7 January 2013 in at least 10 strategic places.

    The bulletin chronicles activities of the Black Monday Movement campaign and disseminates key anti-graft messages.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs publish first bribery newsletter,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Donors Freeze Aid Over Corruption

    More Western donors are freezing aid to Uganda after a scam in which US$13 million of donor funds was embezzled by the office of the prime minister.

    The aid freeze is the kind of action long demanded by transparency campaigners who charge that the money oils a corrupt system.

    Uganda has a reputation as a corrupt country, but the latest scandal - brought to light by the country's auditor general in October - is remarkable for its details: More than US$220 000 was spent on gas in four days, millions of dollars were diverted to buy luxury vehicles for top officials, and millions were deposited into individuals' private accounts.

    To read the article titled, “EU donors freeze aid to Uganda over corruption,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • Uganda to Pass Anti-gay Bill

    The speaker of Uganda's parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, says an anti-homosexual bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation.
    Kadaga says that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year since most Ugandans ‘are demanding it’.
    She argues that she promised as much before a meeting of activists who spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals and demanded the law as ‘a Christmas gift’.
    To read the article titled, “Uganda to pass anti-gay bill this year,” click here.

  • PAP Debates Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law

    Uganda's punitive anti-homosexuality legislation has sparked heated debate at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Johannesburg.

    Uganda's lawmakers failed to convince the PAP to pass a continent-wide resolution that condemns and prohibits same sex relations.

    Same sex relations are illegal in that and this often subject homosexuals to violence and social rejection. The country’s lawmakers tried to go a step further, hoping to get the continent's support for life imprisonment for homosexuals.

    To read the article titled, “Uganda's anti-homosexuality law heats up PAP seating,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Uganda Making Life Tough for Rights Activists

    Maria Burnett, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, says she interviewed hundreds of victims and witnesses of human rights abuses in Uganda, but was surprised at the fear she heard recently when she met with activists in that country.

    Writing in her personal capacity, Burnett, points out that if you preach human rights, you are labelled ‘anti-development’, ‘an economic saboteur’ and so on.          

    She states that organisations working on human rights, land acquisitions, oil revenue transparency, and other sensitive issues are the main targets, and apparently viewed as a threat to President Yoweri Museveni administration’s interests.

    To read the article titled, “Uganda making life tough for NGOs, LGBT rights,” click here.

    Global Public Square
  • Call for SA to Condemn Anti-Gay Bill

    The Ugandan Parliament has this week reintroduced a bill that proposes a mandatory death penalty for gay "repeat offenders". This cannot be condoned - tacitly or otherwise - by the South African government.

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to speak out against ‘state-sanctioned human rights violations against homosexuals on our continent’.

    Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ian Davidson, is also calling on Nkoana-Mashabane and South Africa’s representatives at the Africa Union to ‘actively’ campaign to amend the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

    To read the article titled, “South Africa: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane must speak out against anti-gay legislation,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Back in Parliament

    An anti-homosexuality Bill, described by the United States President, Barack Obama, as ‘odious’, has been resurrected by the Ugandan Parliament.

    But according to David Bahati, a ruling party MP who reintroduced the Bill, it no longer contains a provision for the death penalty and proposes reduced proposed prison sentences for homosexual acts instead of a life sentence.

    Amnesty International condemned the Bill’s revival. In the same vein, a Ugandan campaigner described its reception in Parliament as ‘shocking’.

    To read the article titled, “Anti-gay Bill resurfaces in Ugandan Parliament,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • Mbeki’s Criticises Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

    Former President Thabo Mbeki has criticised Uganda's anti-gay bill, saying it does not make sense and what two consenting adults do in private ‘is really not the matter of law’.

    South African gay rights organisation, South African Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), says that it is highly appreciative of the firm commitment to human rights and the South African Constitution as displayed by Mbeki.

    The organisation has challenged President Jacob Zuma to ‘do the right thing’ and denounce what it calls the virulent homophobia on the African continent and specifically address the Bahati-Bill in Uganda via diplomatic means

    To read the article titled, “Mbeki slams Uganda's anti-gay bill,” click here.

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