U.K., Canada Expressing Fury at Uganda’s Proposed Laws

Following my last post, I found a couple of more stories, of the U.K. and Canada’s denouncing of Uganda’s proposed anti-gay legislation.  From The Guardian:

Britain and Canada today led Commonwealth protests against a law proposed by the Ugandan parliament which would introduce the death penalty by hanging for “aggravated homosexuality”.

Gordon Brown expressed Britain’s concerns about the parliamentary bill when he met Yoweri Museveni, the veteran Ugandan president, at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.

The British prime minister’s anger was echoed by his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper. Harper’s spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said: “If adopted, a bill further criminalising homosexuality would constitute a significant step backwards for the protection of human rights in Uganda.”

Nothing, yet, from the U.S.

From the Daily Express (UK), emphasis mine:

Stephen Lewis, a former United Nations envoy in Africa, said in a speech in Trinidad on Tuesday. “This intended anti-homosexual statute has the taste of fascism.

“The credibility of the Commonwealth is hanging by a spider’s thread.” The Bill, introduced last month, has not been formally endorsed by Mr Museveni but has won the praise of some of his top officials.

Experts are predicting it could reach the statute books with only minor alterations.

Mr Lewis added: “What is truly staggering about all of this is that not a peep of scepticism or incredulity has come from President Museveni.”


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