Death penalty portion of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ dropped?

From the BBC story:

Mr. Segona, a member of the Legal and Parliamentary committee of Uganda’s parliament, told the BBC: “I can confirm it has been dropped. Some of us who are human rights activists would discourage the death penalty.”

But Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin notes that since the bill was first introduced in 2009, the death penalty clause has been said to have dropped numerous times. Read his entire post here to see the various reporting about the death penalty clause of the bill.

Erik Friedly, an American citizen living and working in Uganda, said in an email interview with the GA Voice that there is a thriving gay community in  Uganda despite the potential threats faced. He also said he believes in supporting the fledgling Uganda gay rights groups (such as to fight for their cause rather than condemning all of Uganda.

“I think that if there is too much external pressure on this, we risk pushing the Ugandans (who are very proud) to pass this legislation just to spite the West, and the US in particular. It is a delicate balance, honestly. I think LGBT groups in the US need to know whats going on here, but I think that perhaps instead of agitating for the US to withdraw its considerable foreign aid to Uganda, they should find ways to support the fledgling human rights groups here in Uganda, as they know best how to navigate this dangerous time better than we do,” Friedly said.

Read his entire interview here.

Atlanta activists held a small protest against the Uganda bill on Nov. 14.

Photo: Atlanta activists protested Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ at the Georgia State Capitol earlier this month. (by Dyana Bagby)