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Uganda must be persuaded to rethink homophobic laws, say Greens

10 March 2010

The Ugandan government must abandon proposed new laws that would criminalise homosexuality and persecute gay activists, said the Green Party today.

Jean Lambert MEP, the Green Party's spokesperson on social affairs and a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights, said:

"The urgency of the situation in Uganda has to be acknowledged and acted upon. This was underlined when, two weeks ago David Kato a primary school teacher and a prominent opponent of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, was beaten to death with a hammer."

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill would prohibit homosexual relations and punish people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. It could also lead to a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone who fails to report within 24 hours the identities of any such people they know.

A letter from Heidi Hautala, Chair of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, co-signed by Jean Lambert, declared:

"I call on the European External Action Service and Member States in Kampala to provide their unconditional assistance to LGBT human rights defenders, and pressure their Ugandan counterparts to decriminalise homosexuality."

Leading Greens have also expressed concern at the continued deportation of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer) refugees to Uganda, despite the risks they face upon arrival.

Read the full letter here:

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