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LGBT could be sentenced to death in Uganda

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LGBT rights in Uganda: The Bahati Bill and discrimination against LGBT population

A.   whereas the Anti-Homosexuality
Bill tabled by private Member David Bahati MP on 25 September 2009 in the Ugandan
Parliament foresees the punishment of homosexual acts by terms of imprisonment between
seven years and a lifetime as well as the death penalty, whereas the Bill foresees
the punishment of a failure to disclose a child’s or patient’s homosexuality by
up to three years of imprisonment, whereas the Bill is still under consideration
despite repeated condemnations by the international community,

B.  whereas on 9 October and 15 November 2010 the local newspaper
Rolling Stone  listed the names and
personal details of people alleged to be homosexual, inciting readers to harm or
hang them, whereas the Ugandan High Court temporarily ordered the newspaper to cease

C. whereas in Africa homosexuality is legal in
only 13 countries and a criminal offence in 38 countries, whereas Mauritania, Sudan
and northern Nigeria punish homosexuality by death,

1. Reiterates the fact that sexual orientation
is a matter falling within the remit of the individual right to privacy as guaranteed
by international human rights law, according to which equality and non discrimination
should be promoted, whilst freedom of expression should be guaranteed;

2. Endorses the statement made in response to the
ACP Declaration of 28 September 2010 and reiterates its commitment to universal
human rights, inter-religious tolerance and the peaceful co-existence and mutual
respect among all religious and LGBT communities;

3. Denounces any attempt to incite hatred and advocate
violence towards any minority group, including on grounds of sex or sexual orientation;

4. Welcomes the fact that the Ugandan High Court
ordered the newspaper to cease publication; nevertheless, remains concerned that
many Ugandans have been attacked as a direct result of the article, with many still
fearing attacks;

5. Reminds the Ugandan authorities of their obligations
under international law and under the Cotonou Agreement, which call for universal
human rights to be respected;

6. Calls on the Commission, the Council and the
European External Action Service to make full use of the Toolkit to Promote and
Protect the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
(LGBT) People in their dealings with Uganda;

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