Target: Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda
Goal: Reject bill that criminalizes homosexuality, making same-sex relations punishable by life in prison
The Ugandan parliament recently voted to pass a controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill. It would see consenting same-sex partners imprisoned for life, with prison sentences for those that “promote homosexuality” as well. The bill now only requires approval from the Ugandan president to become law.
This law, if signed, would be in violation of multiple human rights charters, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Uganda has recently ratified. It would also be in direct contention with the freedoms of association and expression, and rights to privacy, liberty, and non-discrimination guaranteed by Uganda’s constitution.
Not only trouble for Uganda’s LGBT community, the law would also affect human rights and aid organizations. Sexual education providers and HIV/AIDS prevention workers could be targeted, causing further detriment to the country as a whole.
The law will also contribute further to the rampant homophobic attitude in Uganda. Gays and lesbians are already the subject of violence, harassment, and “corrective rape” in some lesbians’ cases, and an Anti-Homosexuality law could be seen as an endorsement for homophobic behavior.
Unconstitutional and also simply backward, it is imperative that Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is not passed into law. Your signature will ask the Ugandan president to reject a law that clearly violates the human rights of Ugandan citizens.
Dear Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda,
Recently, the Ugandan Parliament voted to pass an Anti-Homosexuality bill, which now only awaits presidential approval before becoming law. If passed into law, it would make homosexuality a criminal offense punishable by life imprisonment, while any “promoters” of homosexuality could be imprisoned as well. This could include sexual educators and AIDS prevention organizations.
The new law would encroach upon Uganda’s constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of expression and association and rights to privacy, non-discrimination, and liberty. It would also be contrary to several human rights agreements, such as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
With Uganda’s LGBT community already facing violence, abuse, and harassment, an Anti-Homosexual law would only perpetuate homophobic behavior among citizens. I demand that this bill, which is in clear violation of Ugandan, African, and international rights charters, is not passed into law.
[Your Name Here]
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