The Ugandan Stalling Game On Anti-Homosexuality Bill

After a week of high tension and relentless opposition, the Ugandan Parliament adjourned on its final day of the 8th Parliament without completing the business on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The Bill which has been in the Parliament since October 2009 is proving to be a make or mar affair for the country. With the rejection resounding from across the world, including the United Nation, the Ugandan Parliament would be very foolish to call its bidding on this issue.

Nowhere in the 21st century would any sensible person be making laws that looks like from the stone ages. No one, should be taking their own country backwards by imposing punishment on the sanctity and thoughts of free citizens like slaves. Slavery was abolished over 200 years ago.

In the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgendered (LGBT) communities across the world, a little sigh of relief is heard as this evil game is stalled. But within the community, we know too well that victory is still far.

According to Hon. Daudi Migereko, the Government Chief Whip, the Parliament has “left a lot of pending business” and he “hope those who come in the ninth parliament will have enough capacity to finish all business tabled in the house.” He and others suggested that “the next Parliament should prioritise business that was left pending by the Eighth Parliament”.

Going by the above then, it is apparent that these dictators would return with their threat of a Bill to continue to torture the LGBT community in Uganda. But the truth is, it would affect us all, whether in Uganda or outside of it.

The Parliament returns to business in less than a week on the 18 May 2011 with new members starting to take oath of office 2 days before. So a week is a short time to rest and the opponents will return happy to continue their threat to the LGBT people of Uganda.

So lets not rest our weapons or be deceived because the battle have just began.

Obituary: David Cairns MP; our staunch supporter passes away

David Cairns was our staunch supporter...
David Cairns MP supported JfGA and our heart is broken

The death of David Cairns is a huge loss to us. Mr. Cairns pledged his personal support for JfGA and promised to be there and go the extra miles with us. He was a wonderful supporter of equality and an avid believer in kindness, peace and freedom. JfGA has lost a staunch pillar.

Earlier last year, it was David who took the bull by the horns and delivered a moving speech in UK Parliament on violence, criminalization, and attack of LGBT people in African and Caribbean countries. David’s speech was not only informative, it inspired so many MPs to pledge to support for the fight for freedom and moved a lot of them to support and sign the Early Day Motion in regard to the current Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is making a come back at this moment.

David will be remembered fondly for all his dedication and passion. But far more, for the fact that he cannot be replaced by any other; we will miss him dearly.

We remember his family, partner and all loved ones and pray for them the fortitude to bear such a great loss.

Uganda Is Defying The World To Pass Anti-Homosexuality Bill Into Law This Week!

10 December 2010

There is fire on the mountain. Uganda is hell-bent on passing the devilish Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. And that is happening as I write this; in fact, the next you may hear is that gay & lesbian people in Uganda are being sent to jail (if not to the gallows) using that Bill-turned-into-law.

Please act now!

Sign a petition here with us. And please pass it on to friends, contacts and anyone you know!!!

This must stop! And there is no time to wait let alone waste. The Bill was discussed today in Ugandan parliament and there is a rush to pass it into law before that parliament goes on break by end of this week. Please, dont hesitate; sign here now!

Contact us if you require more information.

Another lesbian raped and murdered in South Africa

Dear friends-

Nqobile Khumalo from Kwamashu township in Durban went missing on Tuesday 03 May 2011.
When her family could not trace her they started contacting her friend and her partner about her whereabouts. On the following day the family reported her missing and they searched for her in mortuaries and hospitals.
On Friday 08 May 2011 her ex boyfriend who had been persisting her to get back together with him was identified as The last person to be seen following her on the 03rd of May.

After the suspect was interrogated by police he confessed on killing her and he showed the police where he had buried her.

He also confessed that he killed her because he could not accept that she was in love with another woman and chose her over him.
Nqobile was raped, severely beaten, and chocked to death. The body was covered in bruises and her eyes had popped out of the sockets. She had been killed on Tuesday and was buried in a shallow grave few meters away from her family home.
The suspect is in police custody and she will be buried in her parent’s home in Kwamashu Durban on Thursday 14th.
Info by 
Thobeka B Khoza
Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender women EXIT Organisation

Jamaica’s 147 year old anti-buggery law re-enacted… Human Rights activist protest

From 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday April 8, 2011, a group of Jamaicans stood near the entrance of Devon House in Kingston to condemn the exclusion of sexual orientation from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the re-saving of the country’s anti-buggery law.

Noted Jamaican Queen’s Counsel, Lord Anthony Gifford, stated that the views expressed by some that a Charter should only reflect the majority opinion on human rights could have been used to justify the Nazi holocaust. Agreeing with Lord Gifford, Arlene Harrison-Henry, former President of the Jamaica Bar Association said that the role of a Charter is to provide protection for marginalized groups in a society, such as Jamaican gays. Holding a placard with the slogan ‘Golding, Charter is homophobic’ radio talk-show host, Lloyd D’Aguilar argued that the Charter undermines the already fragile civil liberties of the country’s vulnerable homosexual population.

Jamaica’s 147 year old anti-buggery legislation is futile and dangerous as it has failed to prevent private consenting male same-sex activity and instead provides legal justification for the often violent abuse and extortion of gays.  Furthermore, the 2009 UNAIDS report highlighted that the law contributes to Jamaica’s HIV epidemic by driving gays underground, making it difficult to reach them with effective HIV prevention, treatment, care and support interventions.


by Maurice Tomlinson, Legal Advisor, Marginalized Groups, AIDS-Free World.

Same sex case opens in Botswana challenging criminal law against…

On April 15th, the case challenging the criminal code law against same sex acts opens in Botswana.

The litigation case of LEGABIBO (Caine Youngman) will start at 930am. It will be a case management session:called a STATUS HEARING. It is when both lawyers (applicants’ & defedants’) together with the judge will review the papers and the rules applicable to see if all is in order. Once that is done the the real case will begin. It will be on that day that the judge will give guidance/direction to the case.

This case would be a landmark and the outcome would either mar or make us. So it will be worth keeping an eye on and hoping for the best. However, that it is taking place – if not thrown out on the first day – is a huge step and even an achievement.

So keep the faith up and share info if you get any.




Ground-breaking statement on sexual orientation and gender identity by record number of 85 States

On 22 March 2011 the Human Rights Council (the Council) held a general debate on follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action(VDPA). The VDPA reaffirms core principles of the international human rights framework, including the universality of human rights and non-discrimination. The highlight of the meeting was a joint statement delivered by Colombia on behalf of 85 States on ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (view a video of the statement). This is the highest number of States ever signing on to a statement of this kind. A joint NGO statement, with 119 signatories, including ISHR, commended States for the initiative and noted in particular the broad cross-regional support for the statement.

The debate also saw vital participation of networks of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) from all regions, including a cross-regional joint statement of NHRIs in support of the statement by the group of States. It emphasised that NHRIs all over the world are advocating the rights of LGBTI people regardless of the different cultural backgrounds they are working in. The statement further called on the Council to hold a panel discussion on the protection of human rights of LGBTI people. Continue reading