Happy AIDS day!
Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, happily called colloquially the “Kill the Gays Bill”, is slated to be passed in time to be, in the words of Ugandan Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, a “christmas gift” for the country. Queer people in Uganda are facing both prison sentences and State sponsored murder under this bill. There are (7) counts under the bill’s heading “Aggravated homosexuality” which will justify State sponsored murder. Number two simply reads “the offender is a person living with HIV”.
Now, the bill also requires all citizens to report any suspicions of neighborly homosexual transgressions under penalty of seven years imprisonment for “Aiding and abetting homosexuality” (“Related Offences and Penalties”). Simply being found to be HIV positive and being accused of “homosexual acts” can make people in Uganda “liable on conviction to suffer death”.
here’s a link to the full text of the bill: http://wthrockmorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ahb2009feb2012.pdf
3. Aggravated homosexuality.
( 1) A person commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality
(a) person against whom the offence is committed is below the
age of 18 years;
(b) offender is a person living with HIV;
(c) offender is a parent or guardian of the person against whom
the offence is committed;
(d) offender is a person in authority over the person against
whom the offence is committed;
(e) victim of the offence is a person with disability;
(f) offender is a serial offender; or
(g) offender applies, administers or causes to be used by any
man or woman any drug, matter or thing with intent to
stupefy or overpower him or her so as to there by enable
any person to have unlawful carnal connection with any
person of the same sex.
(2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated
homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.
(3) Where a person is charged with the offence under this
section, that person shall undergo a medical examination to ascertain
his or her HIV status.