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AJWS against anti-gay Uganda

The American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has joined those who have taken a stand against Uganda’s anti-gay Bill.

UgandaLGBT-Featured-1Urging President Yoweri Museveni to reject signing the Bill after it’s December passage, AJWS President Ruth Messinger said ‘the passage of the inhumane anti-homosexuality Bill by the Ugandan parliament is in conflict with Uganda’s constitution and is a major step backwards for human rights in Uganda, presenting a grave threat to civil society and public health’. A report on the womennewsnetwork.com site notes that the AJWS also urged President Barack Obama and the US to do all they can to ensure the Bill does not become the law of the land in Uganda.

Although the Ugandan Parliament did not place the death sentence on LGBTs in the country with the Anti-homosexuality Act, the bill does require life in prison for those charged with ‘homosexuality’. Urging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to reject signing the bill after it’s December passage Ruth Messinger said:

“Today [December 20, 2013] is a tragic day for human rights in Uganda. The passage of the inhumane anti-homosexuality bill by the Ugandan parliament is in conflict with Uganda’s constitution and is a major step backwards for human rights in Uganda, presenting a grave threat to civil society and public health.

With tremendous respect for his office and for the Ugandan constitution, we urge President Museveni to reject this discriminatory bill. We also urge President Obama and the U.S. government to do all they can to ensure that this bill does not become the law of the land in Uganda.

Finally, the passage of this bill appears to be one of a growing number of pieces of legislation, which violate the country’s constitution and threaten human rights in Uganda.

We stand with all Ugandans who seek equal treatment under the Ugandan constitution and in keeping with human rights.”

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