UN human rights office concerned about anti-gay bill in Uganda

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An activist waves a rainbow flag, an international symbol for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Photo: Flickr/See-ming Lee

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on Friday, 20 December.

In a statement on Friday, the UN human rights office says it's deeply concerned about the measure.

It says the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Uganda are a vulnerable and marginalised minority, already facing violence and discrimination.

Ravina Shamdasani is Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

"If the bill becomes law, it would impose of life imprisonment sentences for individuals who engage in consensual, same-sex relationships and what is even more worrying is that there prison sentences to be imposed on those who promote homosexuality. So this could affect the work human rights defenders, this could affect the work of people who are addressing HIV and AIDS issues in the country and, of course, this would have a very detrimental effect on the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of Ugandan society." (29")

The UN human rights office says the government of Uganda has a legal obligation to prevent discrimination and cannot withhold basic rights from certain individuals because the majority disapproves of them.

It stresses that all people, including LGBT individuals, have the same human rights and are entitled to full protection by the State.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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