Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill Blocked

The ending of the current session of the Uganda parliament has blocked the introduction of internationally reviled anti-gay laws which could include the death penalty for consecutive arrests as well as mass imprisonment for members of the gay community. The session ended before the bill, introduced by MP David Bahati, was debated and voted upon. He has vowed to have it moved up the order of the next session; although it is unclear when this might be. Human rights groups and foreign government representatives have placed a significant amount of pressure on President Museveni to ensure that the bill does not pass into legislature in any form. It is unclear at this point whether the bill will be able re-emerge in the next session.

For more information on the background to this story and analysis of what may happen next see:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/13/uganda-anti-gay-bill-shelved

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105130025.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201105110888.html

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