IGLYO CONDEMNS uganda antigay bill

February 26, 2014

The International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) has condemned the Anti-Homosexuality bill passed in Uganda on Feb 24th stating that it’s implementation is a great step backwards for Ugandan law makers and for the people of the country.

The new bill strengthens the existing Penal Code Act 1950, which already has a life imprisonment sentence for consensual sexual activity between same sex adults, now extends to include HIV positive individuals. The new act also makes the promotion of homosexuality and the keeping a house or room for ‘the purpose of homosexuality’ punishable by up to seven years imprisonment. This means that human rights activists, landlords and even parents of LGBTQ youth are now in danger.

IGLYO’s Co-Chair, Patrick Dempsey, said “we are appalled by this bill and we condemn the very core of it. We urge every citizen in every country to put pressure on the Ugandan government in any way you can, be that through social media campaigns, through sharing information or by petitioning the international community to help protect LGBT people and their families and friends in Uganda and across the world”. Patrick added that “The very existence of this bill is an affront to human rights and human love and we can’t stand by and let this happen”.

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IGLYO is an international umbrella organsation for LGBTQ youth and student organizations across the pan-European region. With over 80 member organizations IGLYO represents the voice of LGBTQ youth and students in Europe.

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