Coming soon to Ron DeSantis’ Florida? He would if he could.
A new law in passed by Uganda government to crack down on homosexual activities comes with the penalty of life in prison. While homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but this bill introduces many new criminal offenses. The bill is one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa.
Amnesty International has called the bill, which criminalizes same-sex between consenting adults “appalling”, “ambiguous” and “vaguely worded”
“This deeply repressive legislation will institutionalise discrimination, hatred, and prejudice against LGBTI people – including those who are perceived to be LGBTI – and block the legitimate work of civil society, public health professionals, and community leaders,”
Tigere Chagutah, Amnesty International
The bill will now go to President Yoweri Museveni who can choose to use his veto -or sign it into law anti-gay comments in recent weeks, and also criticized Western countries for putting pressure on Uganda over the issue.
If signed into law Uganda faces (and rightfully so) losing s significant health and development assistance from the United States with a total assistance budget exceeding $950 million per year.
Iran’s supreme court has upheld death sentences for adultery against a 27-year-old and his 33-year-old lover maleafter the man’s father-in-law denied them clemency, a reformist newspaper reported Saturday.
Details are sketchy but it seems that one of them was marries and while the wife DID testify and presented video evidence in court to her husbands homosexuality but pleaded to the courts to spare the pair the death penalty,
Iranian law allows that if a victim’s family forgives the accused in a capital crime, the convict can be either pardoned or given a jail sentence. But her father demanded death sentence still be imposed and the court found in his favor, the paper added.
According to human rights group Amnesty International, Iran carried out 246 executions last year.
A Malaysian religious court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights groups. have reported.
The Selangor Shariah High Court, on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, sentenced four men to six months’ jail, six strokes of the cane, and a 4,800 ringgit ($1,163) fine for “attempting intercourse against the order of nature.” A fifth man was sentenced to seven months’ jail, six strokes of the cane and a 4,900 ringgit fine for the same offence.
“The facts show that there was an attempt to carry out intercourse outside of the order of nature and that it was not in the early stages of preparation,” Selangor Shariah High Court judge Mohamad Asri was quoted as saying.
Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family laws applicable to Muslims running alongside civil laws. The country is home to 32 million people, where ethnic Malay Muslims make up more than 60 percent of the population.
The case comes amid concerns around growing intolerance toward the LGBT community in Malaysia in recent months.
Malaysia retains its colonial era criminal ban on sodomy (as well as oral sex), with possible punishment including fines, prison sentences of up to twenty years, and even corporal punishment. A subsection of the Criminal Code also provides additional punishment for men convicted of “gross indecency with another male person”. Vigilante executions are also tolerated and LGBT people also risk deportation.
Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Gulf State, ruled over by King Salman.
A court document obtained by CNN states a man confessed to gay acts and hating the majority Sunni sect. It states: ‘He said that he did all this because he belonged to the Shia sect and because he was against the Sunni sect and because of his hate for the state and its men and its security forces.’
The executions were carried out on Tuesday in the cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Medina. One of the prisoner’s had his body and severed head pinned to a pole in a public square. The deaths were said to act as a warning to others and also a political move to impress the USA.
Many of those executed said they were totally innocent, and that their confessions had been written by the same people who had tortured them.
Tuesday’s mass execution was “another gruesome indication of how the death penalty is being used as a political tool to crush dissent from within” the country’s Shi’ite minority, said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s group’s research director for the Middle East.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the executions heightened doubts about respect for the right to a fair trial in Saudi Arabia and could fuel sectarian violence.
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said at least 33 of the 37 men put to death were Shi’ites and it was the largest set of executions in the kingdom since January 2016.
“Al-Oujan was brutally stoned to death by IS militants in Jaradiq square in the Mayadin city on Monday afternoon. Also, some civilians were forced to participate in stoning the victim. The brutal scene has shocked all residents of Mayadin.”
Ahmed Ramadan, media activist and head of the campaign ‘Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently’, said: “The radical group [ISIS] has violated all human rights by carrying out brutal atrocities against civilians, punishing people on baseless charges only to show off its power over unarmed, peaceful civilians.”
A Giza court sentenced 11 men on Sunday to terms of up to 12 years in prison over charges of “inciting debauchery” after they were arrested for allegedly committing homosexual acts, the Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Three people were sentenced to 12 years in prison while the rest were given between three to nine years. The defendants, who were arrested at a rented apartment in Giza, denied the charges. One of the defendants was convicted several years ago in another homosexuality-related case, according to investigators. Homosexuality is not explicitly a criminal offense by Egyptian law, though prosecutors have often tried gay men under laws against “debauchery”, “immorality” or “contempt of religion.”
Arrests of gay men in Egypt have increased dramatically in recent months, according to LGBT activists. And earlier this month an Egyptian court ruled that gay foreigners can be deported from the country or banned from entry.
Abdullah had been in poor health in recent months. Reuters reports that the king had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from pneumonia.
Despite the fact that there has been over 500 public executions in that country over the past 7 years and being found to be gay in Saudi Arabia will land you with public lashings and a jail term – if you’re lucky. President Obama expressed his condolences for the late king, saying, “I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship.” Joe Biden was to lead a presidential delegation to Saudi Arabia in the coming days.
Hopefully the next leader can help Saudi Arabia transition their society into the 17th century smoothly.
Several people were injured, two cars were set ablaze and windows were smashed at the home of a gay British Red Cross worker and his Haitian partner’s private engagement ceremony, in Port-au-Prince Haiti late Saturday night.
“This is a criminal act and homophobic,” said Charlot Jeudy, an official from Kouraj (Courage), a group that defends the rights of homosexuals in Haiti.
This new rash of violence against the Haitian LGBT community was provoked by a march by the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations that incorrectly claimed a gay marriage bill was heading to parliament. Following the march, 47 anti-gay attacks took place in the span of one week, with mobs wielding blades, cement blocks, sticks, and iron bars.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has condemned the increasing violence, saying, “It is imperative that Haiti [adopts] effective measures to prevent the repetition of these types of acts of violence and discrimination in the future.”
Two men in Cameroon were sentenced to five years jail-time for the suspicion of being gay and International gay rights groups are in an uproar.
Coming just one week after Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé was sentenced to 3 years prison for sending a text message to another man which said: ‘I’m very much in love with you’. Franky Djome and Jonas Singa Kumie received a five-year prison sentence for being ‘perceived’ as gay , the highest possible sentence by a Cameroon judge because their vocabulary was “feminine”, because they drank a beverage that’s perceived to be something gay men drink, and because the clothes they were wearing were not masculine enough’,
Andre Banks, Executive Director of AllOut.org said: ‘“The cases of Franky, Jonas, and Roger are not isolated incidents — these are systematic violations of the most basic human rights.
Homosexual activity both male and female is illegal in Cameroon, under Section 347, with a penalty of five years in prison and a fine.
In 2011 alone, over a dozen men were arrested under Section 347, solely on the suspicion of being gay.
Just one month after the U.S. State Department expressed grave concern after remarks made by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an interview saying that she would not sign any laws decriminalizing homosexuality
The AP reports today that the Liberian group MOGAL (Movement Against Gays in Liberia) has started distributing fliers containing the names of gay people and supporters in that country and has vowed to go after them and kill them ” using all means in life”
The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”
“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.
“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”
Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
There have been reports of Liberian gay activists with Movement for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians in Liberia (Modegal), being confronted by angry mobs in recent weeks.