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United Nations calls on Uganda to secure rights for gay citizens

United Nations calls on Uganda to secure rights for gay citizens

The United Nations condemned the recent murder of gay activist David Kato and urged the government of Uganda to do more to ensure the safety of gays in the country. The furor comes from the controversy over the Anti-Homosexuality Bill before the Ugandan legislature that would make homosexuality punishable by death, according to the UN News Centre.

The bill has sparked worldwide controversy that puts the country at odds with conventional human rights standards. The bill's language would "prohibit and penalize homosexual behavior," calling for imprisonment for consensual acts, for "aiding and abetting homosexuality," and even for failing to report homosexual acts. It would permit authorities to make arrests on the bases of what they call "aggravated homosexuality," and "repeat offenders" are liable to get the death penalty. It would also give Uganda the right to extradite any Ugandan guilty of the offenses listed.

One of the leading opponents of the bill, David Kato, was a school teacher who was brutally murdered earlier this week. Kato's picture appeared with other opponents of the bill in Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper with the tag line, "Hang them."

Kato's struggle for gay rights in Uganda has expanded to a movement that calls for an end to the human rights violations of its government and to protect its citizens from institutional discrimination.

The bill seeks to criminalize "funding and sponsoring of homosexuality and related activities" which could be a major blow to Uganda's HIV/AIDS humanitarian aid from around the world, according to IPSNews.net. 
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