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Homosexuality: European Parliament Rebukes Ugandan Bill

Homosexuality: European Parliament Rebukes Ugandan Bill

Last week, President Museveni returned the previously passed anti homosexuality bill to parliament for further scrutiny. However, though, European Parliament has rebuked it showing that they did not support it from the very beginning.

European MPs expressed their deep concerns about the possible discrimination and persecution against homosexuals if it is signed. They, therefore, called upon President Museveni to refrain from ascending to the bill.

Furthermore, the MPs urged the European Commission to use all necessary diplomatic measures to convince President Museveni to refuse the law.

“…Calls on Uganda President Yoweri Museveni not to promulgate the Bill and to categorically refuse to give assent to any similar initiative in future, dissuading further attempts in this direction; urges the Uganda authorities to promote the principles of tolerance, acceptance, and respect for human rights and to review any law criminalizing homosexuality,” reads in part a statement from the MPs.

They also called upon the European Union to make full and effective use of the political dialogue to stop the bill. If the anti-gay bill is signed and passed, the European Parliament promised to call upon Everything But Arms (EBA) preferences for Uganda. This will be in accordance with Article 19 of the Regulation of EU.

They further warned of putting sanctions against all those who instigated and supported the anti-gay bill. These include politicians as well as political leaders.

Cheer and condemnation have been attracted from local and global communities since the bill passed last month. The law introduced strict punishments including death for aggravated homosexuality. Also, imprisonment for up to 20 years if guilty of acts of homosexuality, promotion, child grooming among other things.

On Thursday last week, the president met with the ruling party MPs to discuss the controversial bill. They agreed at the end that it should be sent back to parliament for improvement.

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