Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president, signs anti-gay bill

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Law prompts United States to conduct internal review of relationship with Uganda's government.

Uganda's president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the bill, which goes into effect immediately, was needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa.

Museveni may have defied Western pressure to shelve the bill, four years and many versions after it was introduced, but his move — likely to galvanize support ahead of presidential elections — pleased many Ugandans who repeatedly urged him to sign the legislation.

Nigeria's president similarly signed an anti-gay bill into law just over a month ago, sparking increased violence against gays who already were persecuted in mob attacks. Some watchdog groups warn a similar backlash of violence may occur in Uganda.

"Experience from other jurisdictions with similarly draconian laws, such as Nigeria or Russia, indicates that their implementation is often followed by a surge in violence against individuals thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said in a statement Monday. "The Ugandan government has not indicated any plans to counter such violence or to investigate potential allegations of abuse."

The Ugandan law calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail. It sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

Uganda's new anti-gay law has been condemned around the world.

In Washington, White House press secretary Jay Carney called the law "abhorrent," urged its repeal and said the White House is reviewing its relationship with Uganda.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the law would institutionalize discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence against gays.

The office of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a statement said she is "is deeply concerned" by "draconian legislation" to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda.

At least six people have already been arrested over alleged homosexual offences and more than a dozen have fled Uganda since lawmakers passed the bill in December, according to a prominent Ugandan gay activist, Pepe Julian Onziema.

"The president is making this decision because he has never met an openly gay person. That disappoints me," he said.

Museveni signed the bill at the presidential palace as government officials, journalists and Ugandan scientists looked on. Government officials applauded after Museveni affixed his signature. Scientists had written a report which found there is no proven genetic basis for homosexuality, Museveni said, citing it as a reason for signing the bill.

"They should rehabilitate themselves and society should assist them to do so," Museveni said after signing the bill.

Some European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if the measure was enacted, though some EU officials have cautioned that interrupting development aid may not be the best reaction since it would harm Ugandans.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned that signing the bill would "complicate" the East African country's relationship with Washington. After Museveni signed the bill, the White House said the U.S. would urge Uganda's government to repeal the "abhorrent law."

"As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS," the statement said.

But in signing the legislation passed by lawmakers, Museveni said he rejected such reaction as interference in Ugandan affairs.

"We Africans never seek to impose our view on others. If only they could let us alone," Museveni said. "We have been disappointed for a long time by the conduct of the West. There is now an attempt at social imperialism."

Museveni accused "arrogant and careless Western groups" of trying to recruit Ugandan children into homosexuality, but he did not name these purported groups.

Museveni said he believes Western homosexuals have targeted poor Ugandans who then "prostitute" themselves for the money, an allegation repeated by the bill's Ugandan defenders. Museveni did not cite any examples of people he called "mercenary homosexuals."

Written By: The Associated Press
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47 COMMENTS

  1. Too much prostitution in Africa by heterosexuals. Why don’t he pass another bill then to send any one who is heterosexual to prison. Also what he is going to do about gay animals. Mousevi is one monkey who stop evolving. His monkey mind says everyone is born same as me and if he is different Kill him.

    • In reply to #2 by BriRey:

      It’s all hopeless. I give up. Anyone else?

      Yeah! Me.

      Iv’e had my moments sexually, but I’m availed of an education system which enables me to understand human/primate sexual proclivities.

      And my female wife of thirty years standing knows as much.

      We are governed by fools, but some are more foolish than others.

  2. “We Africans never seek to impose our view on others. If only they could let us alone,”
    HA! because they don’t have the ability. I have little doubt that if they did they would feel it was their duty to impose their will on homosexuals outside their country as well.
    argh!

  3. The West isn’t promoting homosexuality in Uganda; it’s promoting Christianity. You can almost see the smug white American fundamentalists grinning in the background of that picture. Unable to make real headway in more educated and internet-savvy North America and Europe, they’ve had great success at stirring the pot in the superstitious, poverty-ridden chaos that is Uganda, Nigeria, and several other non-Islamic African countries. Just another foul offshoot of colonialism and paternalism, not to mention religion.

  4. Here is an article detailing how just one day after Musevini’s signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper launched a vigilante campaign naming and shaming the country’s ‘top 200 homos':

    Ugandan Tabloid Sparks Vigilante Campaign

    This despite the 2011 murder of LGBT rights activish David Kato, following a campaign by another tabloid, Rolling Stone (no relation to the music magazine), which called for gays to be hanged:

    rdf richard

    For his newspaper’s alleged role in the murder, Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame stated “When we called for hanging of gay people, we meant … after they have gone through the legal process … I did not call for them to be killed in cold blood like he was.” However, he stated, “I have no regrets about the story. We were just exposing people who were doing wrong.”

  5. it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. africans, after centuries of being mistreated and misled by the west, think they’re doing it as a free people. the west may not be taking slaves or exploiting resources anymore but it is certainly exploiting minds and cutlure.

  6. Let’s kill people who don’t believe in a magic sky daddy, oh and people who happen to be born with a preference for others of the same sex, who incidently only do it to each other harming no one.

    Who else can we kill? How about women who are unlucky enough to be raped?

    Don’t you just love religion!

  7. ” because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa.”

    How does one ” promote ” homosexuality?

    One can promote hatred of gays and certain Western religions wackaloons are doing just that.

    It is probably a good thing I do not rule the globe as many, if not all, of the promoters would be dangling at the ends of the same ropes used to hang gays in Uganda.

  8. It often seems to me that Africa displays both the best and the worst of human behavior. Compare this law for instance with the newly independent South Africa where, to their great credit, and after enduring decades of oppression, a constitution was promulgated which specifically prohibited discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation amongst other things.

  9. The scientific report on which the president allegedly based his decision to sign the bill into law, is apparently available online. If that is indeed the report*, and there’s no reason I can see to disbelieve it, then it’s a stunning indictment of the president’s decision. No reasonable person would read that report** and then conclude to pass such a law, unless s/he was already biased against gay people. So when the president responded to the question asked by a CNN reporter by saying they, gay people, disgusted him, he abandoned all previous pretense to impartiality.

    *Source.

    **The report itself is troubling in some respects, see the quote below, but I’ll leave that aside for now:

    African cultures had contained sexual vices without recourse to jails and killings. May be [sic]we need to revisit them to re-contain the present fire of overt coercive homosexual activity with the exploitation of our young children

  10. Ugandan president Museveni says that he will not be dictated to by the west and yet he is delighted to enact a bill that was encouraged by American evangelists. It is also sad to see them use the imperialist terminology, like Jews using anti-semitism when they know they cannot win an argument.

  11. We can all stand up against this in our own small way. Let’s start by simply identifying products from these countries and boycotting them. Uganda is a big tea and coffee producer, Nigeria is a little awkward because they export oil and gas but they also have strong agriculture and exports are big. So the next time you are in the shops just take a quick look at see if you can avoid buying from either of these countries.

  12. Would it be ‘racist’ to ask if, since decolonisation the majority of African countries have slid back towards tribalism?

    Whatever, Idi Amin would be SO proud of Museveni; what is it with African despots?

    What is the religious aspect and why does it have such influence?

    • In reply to #16 by cynical1:

      Would it be ‘racist’ to ask if, since decolonisation the majority of African countries have slid back towards tribalism?

      Why don’t you come down and see for yourself? I mean, we’re not talking about Mars, are we? A flight or ferry ride should answer all your questions. If, on the other hand, you prefer to rely on second hand accounts of what other countries or continents are like…

      • In reply to #17 by RDfan:

        In reply to #16 by cynical1:

        Would it be ‘racist’ to ask if, since decolonisation the majority of African countries have slid back towards tribalism?

        Why don’t you come down and see for yourself? I mean, we’re not talking about Mars, are we? A flight or ferry ride should answer all your questions….

        Why would I do that- I am merely posing a valid question. As for “come down and see” that is hardly a viable option and in my opinion a snotty and insulting remark.

        What would I see from such a visit? The overall socio-political situation? Of course not.

        We ALL rely on the media for the great bulk of our information, filtered through our perception and degree of belief/disbelief. You included.

  13. RDfan- FYI

    Four terrorist groups on the continent are changing the balance from peace to hatred and war.
    The four groups hold in common a heritage of born out of a militant, religious zeal for local concerns. All want to have the state to institutionalize their particular religions laws.
    Despite being religious based these terrorists are extremely violent.
    Three are Muslim jihadist groups who wage war against the infidels (non-Mulims). Two claim connections with al-Qaeda. Below is a brief summary of each terrorist group. See more detailed information on each and their current activities at Terrorism In Africa website.
    Al-Shabaab, is a Somalia based jehadist group wanting to institute Sheria in Somalia. The are currently fighting Kenyan troops in South Somalia and Northern Kenya. Over the past few months they have abducted tourists and aid workers forcing humanitarian agencies to abandon huge camps of refugees from the fighting. Al-Shabaab is responsible comings in Kenya and a World Cup Final night bombings in Kampala leaving 79 dead.
    The Lord’s Resistance Army is a radical and heinously violent Christian section formed to protect the Acholi people, purify Uganda and overthrowing the government. Having not achieved their goals in Uganda these terrorists have killed villagers in the Congo and Sudan.
    The AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is militant Sunni sect born in Algeria but presently active throughout North Africa and the Sahel. A recently formed splinter group fo AQIM has set an agenda of carrying out attacks in Sub-Saharan West Africa.
    The most active terrorist group on the planet is Nigeria’s Boko Haram. The claimed credit for the bombing of churches and security facilities on Christmas day. While a local militant, jihadist group, there is fear they will expand their area of operations.
    Nigeria is showing all the signs of being on the verge of a all out battle between Muslims and Christians. Evangelical leaders are calling their sheep to protect themselves, a signal of a growing militancy in the Christian community that has felt vulnerable and unprotected by the security forces. The Nigerian situation could be just a precursor to similar religious fights in Kenya (Nairobi’s Eastleigh district and the coast).
    Will Africa’s reputation for peaceful coexistence among religions survive? Current events are pointing in another direction. There are rough religious times ahead.
    – See more at: http://religioninafrica.com/terrorism-fans-hatred-between-africas-religions/#sthash.0PiApo8Y.dpuf

    So, must I make a pilgrimage to discover the answer to my question?

    • In reply to #20 by andyb001:

      Replace Uganda with Germany and then homosexual with Jew and we’ve seen this sort of thing before.

      You do know that the Jews were not the only group persecuted by the Nazi’s don’t you. The famous pink triangle sewn to the outfits they were forced to wear identified homosexuals.

    • In reply to #22 by Arkrid Sandwich:

      Struth. Fucking retards. I despair of this planet when half of it clings to the bronze age.

      You’d almost think from the eagerness with which religionists embrace the selfsame Bronze Age, that this Age presented something to want, to admire, to hanker after. All that charming malnutrition, disease, cold, poverty, cringing superstitious fear that kept the air thick with threat and calamity around every corner. One almost imagines that it’s the ignorance of the people that they really crave for, because such total ignorance might lead to belief, and it then barely matters how rubbish, mean, insane or contradictory your God is.

  14. It occurs to me that if homosexuality is a genetic condition then surely the repression of such behaviour will only cause more homosexuals into heterosexual relationships and so cause their genes to be passed on. By contrast if you accept homosexuals as the equals they really are then they are less likely to propagate.

    In other words regimes that persecute homosexuals are quite likely to see their numbers swell in comparison to liberal regimes. Take that Yoweri Museveni, I fart in your general direction.

    • It occurs to me that if homosexuality is a genetic condition then surely the repression of such behaviour will only cause more homosexuals into heterosexual relationships and so cause their genes to be passed on. By contrast if you accept homosexuals as the equals they really are then they are less likely to propagate.

      I support your “treat all people as equals” stance and applaud your sentiments towards Yoweri Museveni.

      However, I am thinking that if the underlying genetics were this straightforward, then we’d have a definitive answer to the etiology of homosexuality. I do not think it is this simple.

      In reply to #23 by naskew:

      It occurs to me that if homosexuality is a genetic condition then surely the repression of such behaviour will only cause more homosexuals into heterosexual relationships and so cause their genes to be passed on. By contrast if you accept homosexuals as the equals they really are then they are less…

      • In reply to #28 by crookedshoes:

        …However, I am thinking that if the underlying genetics were this straightforward, then we’d have a definitive answer to the etiology of homosexuality. I do not think it is this simple.

        In reply to #23 by naskew:

        I remember hearing something a few years ago to the effect that the more male children a woman has the greater the chance the younger ones will be gay, even if they share the same father. If this is true then homosexuality would seem to be more about hormones than genetics: a bunch of testosterone-fueled sons would be disharmonious to family unity so biology steps in once a couple of aggressive gene-spreading machines have been produced and feminizes subsequent male offspring.

        Make sense?

  15. One would think a poor country like Uganda would have other priorities. I mean, like fighting poverty and educating the people. But apparently not. Gay bashing is what they like to spend their time on. This country deserves to go straight down the drain, and it will. Ignorance will always lead to misery for all the people. But, let us remember this moment. When things get really shitty in Uganda and these same people start complaining about how the western world is the root of all evil. How, they still suffer from atrocities committed during the old colonial days. When that happens, remember that these same fools thought bashing gays was an important issue.

    • In reply to #24 by Nunbeliever:

      One would think a poor country like Uganda would have other priorities. I mean, like fighting poverty and educating the people.

      Well, I think the point is that by bashing gays, they will be doing god’s work on earth – both main gods too – and that will encourage some bounty from heaven. We’ll have to wait and see!

      I wouldn’t mind betting that this will eventually mean Uganda gets suspended from the Commonwealth, though they will get support from several other Countries.

      • In reply to #25 by GPWC:

        In reply to #24 by Nunbeliever:

        One would think a poor country like Uganda would have other priorities. I mean, like fighting poverty and educating the people.

        Well, I think the point is that by bashing gays, they will be doing god’s work on earth – both main gods too – and that will encourage som…

        Oh, I forgot. They have God on their side. I was a bit worried about the future of this country, but then everything is alright :D

  16. Mercenary Homosexuals? This man’s vocabulary has outpaced his ability to think.

    I had originally typed up an abrasive comment involving a person speaking in “hillbilly” english….. But, i deleted it because I realized that Arizona’s legislature do not speak in that accent.

    BTW, i am glad to see the (Arizona) veto but sad to see hate get carried that far.

  17. Off topic here. I’ve noticed several posts have been removed, presumably by the mods. Does anyone know on what basis a comment may be removed? I could find nothing in the FAQ. I understand for posts that are trolling or defamatory, but it seems to me a site which claims to “support critical thinking” would do better to remember the line from Desiderata: “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.”

  18. Total utter shame. The savagery of opinions against human difference and diversity brings nothing but despair welling up inside me. Africa is fast becoming a cruel, nasty, violent shithole of a continent, a place that people want to leave.

    And I see the hand of religious dogma, Muslim, Christian, Shamanistic and Other, driving so much that is horrible and needless. I just stand back in dismay.

  19. Woolly balaclava’s on – Gay Ugandans ! Or passports at the ready…..How can Homosexuality be a Sex crime ? what’s next – thought crime ? – Fashion Crime ?…..Its so Big Brother….the George Orwellian kind that is…..

  20. He might be considering -without acknowledging it- that, indeed natural/social and cultural come in a package altogether. Homosexuality was instititucional in ancient greece, same gender marriage is acceptable to american indians; some amazonian tribes, even some tribal “religious” figures have a dubious sexuality and gender. Homosexuality may have, or has indeed it´s natural basis of course, and that doesn´t exclude the search for it´s natural basis. Some ethnographer who reported these amazonian divine figures reports that homosexuality is seen across many cultures, but it is not difficult to figure out that some are obsessed with heterosexuality. Do I need to remind that a few years ago european countries were in the list too?
    That doesn´t of course make any point whatsoever.

  21. If Yoweri Museveni thinks his actions are just, how would he argue against changing homosexual to negro? If it is a crime to be born as you are, then we are all guilty. Actually, don’t Cathoholics already believe that?

    • In reply to #39 by aquilacane:

      If Yoweri Museveni thinks his actions are just, how would he argue against changing homosexual to negro?

      Brilliant, I just love this argument. Clearly Uganda would like people to pretend they are something that they are not. In this case straight instead of gay. Now clearly if we demanded that people used white face paint to pretend they were socially acceptable I’d expect a complete uproar.

  22. In reply to #25 by GPWC:

    In reply to #24 by Nunbeliever:

    One would think a poor country like Uganda would have other priorities. I mean, like fighting poverty and educating the people.

    Well, I think the point is that by bashing gays, they will be doing god’s work on earth – both main gods too – and that will encourage some bounty from heaven. We’ll have to wait and see!

    I tend to think the point of Uganda’s gay-bashing is to distract from issues such as poverty and a dearth of proper education. This has always been the way governments behave: lousy economy, crummy living conditions, it’s nothing to do with us; rather it’s all the fault of [kindly select from the following options] immigrants, homos, Jews, Muslims, liberals, commies, feminists, hippies…

  23. a closet as big as uganda

    you and i both know
    that
    somewhere
    down some back road
    to
    yoweri museveni’s presidential menagerie
    of
    strapping males.
    some hot ass white dude
    rebuffed him.
    so
    now he’s all butt hurt
    and
    screaming for vengeance.

    calling
    for all these cocksückers
    to
    be thrown into jail.
    where he can have his way with us
    and no one can
    tell him to go fück himself.

    which
    come to think of it
    describes
    most of africa
    in a nutshell.
    maybe he’s not so different
    after all.

    © Stephen John Wade 03/01/14 inspired at this very moment in time by yoweri museveni and the power of black dildos everywhere.

    from the ‘bigot series’ of poems

  24. Whether anyone here likes it or not, certain countries – if not nearly all countries in Africa are backward thinking. Just because humanity came from there that doesn’t mean that they’re more highly evolved than the rest of humanity.

  25. Is this African president illiterate. Seems He could not read and understand the report. I can understand humans having a will. Why insects are homo then.This guy thinks insects and animals have a will or they are homo because humans and animals share a gene across. There is enough evidence to show it has genetic behind it even if gene has not been exactly found. The day we find the gene. We should change this idiot into gay so he can learn. Does this idiot have a brain to question facts. Unfortunately these idiots are not going to fix any issues in Uganda.

    • Traits that are “either/or” like rolling your tongue or not are typically controlled by one gene. They are monogenic.

      Traits that have what is referred to as continuously variable are typically polygenic (many genes control them). I know I am correct about this.

      However, what I say next I do not know if i am correct about. And, that is this…. It seems to me that sexuality is a continuum not an either or. As such, it is most likely polygenic. Therefore many genes are likely to be involved in the trait. But, it does not stop there, environment also plays into the expression on the trait.

      So, we have a complex, multi layered interplay of a number of factors, some of which are genetic, some of which are environmental and even experiential.

      Having siad all this, i am pretty sure that this Ugandan president does not have the faculties to allow him to understand what i just outlined. Those who do understand must stand up for equality and what is right.

      In reply to #46 by hali14syed:

      Is this African president illiterate. Seems He could not read and understand the report. I can understand humans having a will. Why insects are homo then.This guy thinks insects and animals have a will or they are homo because humans and animals share a gene across. There is enough evidence to show…

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