The coordinator of Spectrum Uganda has urged the government of Uganda to stop any acts of state orchestrated sexual based violence against LGBTI in Uganda.
In a press release, Moses Kinbugwe urged the authorities in the Uganda government to accommodate persons with different sexual orientations and accept them in the country as other citizens.
Moses Kinbugwe said: “As we commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia we do welcome Ugandan government for its commitment during the universal periodic review process later this year in Geneva, Switzerland to end violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“However the LGBTI persons continue to face escalating violence and state legitimization of homophobia which results into denial of basic services particularly health provisions which has scaled up the HIV-AIDS among MSM [men who have sex with men] in Uganda.
“We call upon the Ugandan government to live up to its obligations under international and regional instruments, all of which recognise equality and non-discrimination for all persons and inclusion of health provisions for effective HIV prevention among same sex relations.”
Mr Kinbugwe also described as a “painful saga” the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, a legislation that would criminalize consensual homosexual behavior and punish by death those accused of this ‘crime’. The bill would strengthen existing provisions of the penal code that already criminalize same-sex conduct.
Mr Kinbugwe said that such bigoted policies already exist in many parts of the world, a reality that has forced people to become refugees as they flee their home countries in search of safety and security abroad. He added that even in Uganda, long before this anti- homosexuality bill was introduced, rights groups have spent years documenting arbitrary arrests of those who engaged in consensual homosexual conduct.
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