British MP condemns Uganda's anti-gay bill.

Position:Harry Cohen

The British Labour MP, Harry Cohen, tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 575) on 14 January condemning Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which proposes the death penalty for certain categories of same-sex acts including for repeat offenders, and life imprisonment for merely touching another person with homosexual intent.

Peter Tatchell of the London-based gay rights group OutRage!, said: "We hope the EDM will send a signal from the British parliament to the Ugandan government that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill constitutes an unacceptable attack on the human rights of Uganda's lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens. This Bill violates Article 21 of the constitution of Uganda, which guarantees equality and non-discrimination for all."

Article 21 specifically says: "All persons are equal before and under the law in all spheres of political, economic, social and cultural life, and in every other respect and shall enjoy equal protection of the law."

Tatchell thanked Cohen for tabling the EDM: "He is a longstanding ally of [the gay and lesbian] community and has championed gay equality for two decades. Way back in the early 1990s, he was one of the few MPs to ask parliamentary questions and write to government ministers, pressing for the repeal of homophobic laws."

Cohen's EDM read in part: "That this House calls on the British government and the European Union to press the government of Uganda not to proceed with its...

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