Void Network just signed a petition calling on Ugandan government to withdraw a proposed anti-gay law that would punish gay people with prison -- or even death.
Read more below, and sign the petition here:
Dear friends, "I could be facing violence, prison and even death for who I am. Across Uganda people are bravely speaking out, but this law will put us in serious danger. Please, sign the Avaaz petition and tell others to stand with us -- if there's a gigantic global response, our government will see that Uganda will be internationally isolated by this proposed law, and strike it down. "
This is an urgent appeal to all of us, sent by Ugandan Avaaz member, Frank. Widespread condemnation has led Uganda's Parliament to review the proposed legislation that would make being gay punishable by prison, even death -- but global pressure is now critical to get it throw out: Our actions now could save Frank's life.
Click below to sign the petition and send it on to friends:
The draconian bill proposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of having same-sex relations, even intending to do so. It imposes the death penalty for 'serial offender' homosexuals and gay people living with AIDS.
Members of the public face up to three years in jail, if they fail to report any homosexual activity to police within 24 hours. And NGOs working with the gay community on HIV projects or supporting their rights could be imprisoned for up to 7 years for 'promoting homosexuality'. The bill's advocates claim that it defends Uganda's culture. But its strongest critics come from within Uganda. The Dean of Law at Makerere University argues that the bill undermines family life and violates Uganda's Constitution.
The Archbishop of York, born in Uganda, has condemned the bill as 'victimising,' and the Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha -- a Ugandan Anglican priest -- has written to us saying: "This bill is not about protecting Ugandan culture and traditions. On the contrary it is violating our cultures, traditions and religious values that teach against intolerance, injustice, hatred and violence.
We need laws to protect people, not ones that will humiliate, ridicule, persecute and kill them en masse. Thank you for Avaaz's campaigning for safer, healthier, more peaceful, and more productive lives for ALL Ugandans."
Click below to sign the petition, and pass this message on to friends and family. Across Africa and the world, let's send a united message that we reject persecution and denial of human rights everywhere:
Ultra-conservative religious extremists are highly vocal, well-organised and funded in their PR efforts for this Ugandan bill. But a new alliance of Church leaders, health services, gay groups, and human rights lawyers are mobilising to respond, and they say our support is crucial. In the last three years, five African countries have criminalised gay people.
By rejecting this dangerous bill, and demonstrating the breadth of opposition to it, we can help set a crucial precedent. Let's stand with Uganda's Frank and Canon Byamugisha and oppose this bill:
With hope and determination, Alice, Ricken, Ben, Paul, Benjamin, Pascal, Raluca, Graziela and the whole Avaaz team
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