Solidarity needed for the petition against Uganda's Anti Homosexuality Bill.

Former vice-president of Uganda, Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, has issued a welcome statement about the Anti Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. Her solidarity and commitment are valuable, especially this week when a petition against the bill has been launched.   Wandira-Kazibwe held the vice presidency of Uganda from 1994-2003, the first woman on the African continent to hold such a position in a sovereign nation. She currently holds a position as  Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa.  The full text of the Anti Homosexuality Act, signed into law in late February 2014, can be found here.

I am in full solidarity with the LGBT community and I will continue to defend their rights in Uganda and across Africa. Rest assured of my unwavering support and action for the realization of the rights for every human being, which has been my struggle since childhood. I will not reverse my path.

I will continue to engage with the Government of Uganda and civil society organizations on this important matter, and I continue to urge the Government of Uganda to revise or repeal the Anti-Homosexuality Act at the earliest opportunity.
— Statement by Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa

The full text of Wandira-Kazibwe's statement is carried on Somaliland press here and reported on Uganda's Chimpreports here.  

As I mentioned last week, Kasha Jacqueline, an activist in Uganda, is part of an appeal launched to challenge the legality and constitutionality of the bill. This appeal is worthy of attention support at the highest levels of diplomacy, law and solidarity. You can read the full appeal here

THAT section 2, of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, in imposing a maximum life sentence for homosexuality provides for a disproportionate punishment for the offence in contravention of the right to equality and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment guaranteed under Articles 2(1) & (2), 21, 24 and 44(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda;
— Constitutional Petition to the Ugandan Parliament, March 2014

Please consider sharing news about this constitutional petition to the Ugandan Parliament. Share it with colleagues and contacts in your parliament, petition your country's embassy in Uganda to be public in their truthtelling about this petition and ask your church leaders to spread the word about the need for solidarity.