Tag Archives: Yoweri Museveni

UGANDA: Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Present Autographed Sneakers To Brutal Anti-LGBT Dictator

The Associated Press reports: Kanye West handed Uganda’s president a pair of his autographed sneakers on Monday during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent. The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held “fruitful discussions” about promoting tourism and arts. He also gave West and …

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UGANDA: Parliament Erupts Into Brawl Over Attempt To Extend Reign Of Dictator Yoweri Museveni [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: As lawmakers debated one of the country’s most important bills, Uganda’s parliament turned into an ultimate fighting ring. Parliamentarians hurled chairs at each other and swung microphone stands like swords. Men were torn from the room by their blazers and women by their dresses. Some people wailed and cried. That fight exposed the bitter rift between …

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UGANDA: Lawmakers To Pass Anti-Gay Bill As “Christmas Gift” To Nation

Via Reuters: Drafters of a revised anti-gay law want parliament to pass it in time to be a “Christmas gift” for Ugandans, a lawmaker said on Friday, after a controversial earlier version was quashed because of legal technicalities. Legislation passed by parliament almost a year ago, which would have punished gay sex with long prison terms, provoked a storm of …

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UGANDA: President Backs Off Anti-Gay Laws, Fears Trade Boycott By West

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni yesterday said that his nation risks a trade boycott by western corporations if the anti-gays laws struck down earlier this year on a technicality were to be reinstated. In a commentary on Friday in the state-run New Vision daily, Museveni said he was not worried by the aid cuts that followed the initial law, but warned …

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UGANDA: President Urges Parliament To Slow Reinstatement Of Anti-Gay Act

Via the Associated Press: President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this month, saying the measure is not a priority and could hurt the country’s economic development. Museveni, who held a meeting Monday with lawmakers from his party, urged parliamentarians “not to cause chaos” by quickly …

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UGANDA: Lawmakers Launch Campaign To Reinstate Anti-Homosexuality Act

As many had expected they would, Ugandan legislators have launched a campaign to reinstate the brutal Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was struck down last week on a technicality. It was not immediately clear whether President Museveni would support the bill a second time, if passed by parliament again. “We’re mobilizing members to pledge their support for reintroduction of this bill when …

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Uganda Celebrates Anti-Gay Crackdown

On Saturday Ugandan Pastor Martin “Eat Da Poo Poo” Ssempa smirkingly invited me to attend a parade in celebration of his country’s brutal crackdown on its LGBT citizens. The festivities went off as planned yesterday, complete with a marching band and children that waved anti-gay signs.  J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: Fire jugglers, acrobats, and schoolchildren performed at a …

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Tweet Of The Day – Frank Mugisha

Buzzfeed has the story: Human rights advocates and opposition politicians filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act on Tuesday. The Anti-Homosexuality Act, which President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on February 24, imposes up to a life sentence for homosexuality and criminalizes advocating LGBT rights. The petitioners include activists Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda, trans activist Julian Pepe Onziema, …

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John Kerry Spoke To Uganda’s President

Via press release from the State Department: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Ugandan President Museveni yesterday via phone. Secretary Kerry expressed the United States’ deep disappointment in the Ugandan Government’s decision to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Secretary noted that the decision complicates the U.S. relationship with Uganda. He also raised U.S. concerns that this discriminatory law poses …

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Proposes Freezing Aid To Uganda Over Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has proposed freezing US aid to Uganda over the enactment of that country’s brutal anti-homosexuality bill, which was signed last week by President Yoweri Museveni. “I am deeply concerned by the decision of President (Yoweri) Museveni of Uganda to sign into law the anti-homosexuality bill,” Senator Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the chamber and …

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Ugandan Paper Names “200 Top Homos”

A Ugandan tabloid has published the names of 200 allegedly gay citizens, putting all of these people at the risk of being murdered. Which has happened before. Via the Associated Press: The Red Pepper tabloid published the names — and some pictures — of alleged homosexuals in a front-page story under the headline: “EXPOSED!” The list included prominent Ugandan gay …

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White House Denounces Uganda

Via press release: Statement by the Press Secretary on Uganda: Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay …

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Group Suing Scott Lively Says He Is “Directly Responsible” For Ugandan Law

From the Center For Constitutional Rights: In addition to putting the lives of LGBTI Ugandans at serious risk, in signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, President Museveni has criminalized the existence and work of our client, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and other advocacy organizations in violation of the Ugandan constitution and international law. The Center for Constitutional Rights holds right-wing U.S. evangelical …

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UGANDA: President Signs Anti-Gay Bill

Just yesterday the Guardian reported that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was putting off signing the anti-gay bill while he challenges US scientists to disprove that homosexuality is a choice. But today Museveni has signed the bill. According to the Associated Press news agency, government officials clapped after Mr Museveni signed the bill at a press conference at State House. The …

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UGANDA: Anti-Gay Bill On Hold While President Challenges US Scientists To Disprove That Homosexuality Is A Choice

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has put off signing the anti-gay bill while he challenges American scientists to disprove that homosexuality is a choice. A week ago Museveni had insisted that he would approve the legislation, prompting criticism from US president Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton. The US warned that the move would “complicate” relations with Uganda, to which …

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Ugandan President To Obama: You Can’t Tell Me How To Run My House

Yesterday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni responded to President Obama’s denouncement of the anti-homosexuality bill, saying, “You can’t tell me how to run my house.” (That quote is inexact and has been reported in different versions. The audio below is unclear.) Museveni has not yet signed the bill, but some reports say he might do so today. He has also issued …

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UGANDA: Government Bans Pornography, Miniskirts, And Photos Of Kissing Couples

Continuing his crackdown on all civil liberties, today Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill that makes it a criminal offense to possess pornography and for women to dress in a manner that “excites sexual cravings” in men. The signing, which was was announced by Minister for Ethics & Integrity Simon Lokodo [photo], effectively means that most foreign television shows …

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