Uganda says Anti Homosexuality Act is not anti-gay
Jumping on the same bandwagon as Russia, the Ugandan government is claiming their Anti Homosexuality Act is not anti-gay but rather protects children from predators.
It’s a similar claim to that made by Russian President Vladimir Putin who suggested his anti gay propaganda bill was introduced to protect young people from homosexual advances.
Ugandan officials have released a statement saying the law has been misinterpreted by the West and is not intended to discriminate against homosexual people.
The statement read: ‘no activities of individuals, groups, companies or organizations will be affected by the Act’.
According to the statement, the Act’s only purpose, is to "stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices".
The government has also made assurances in the statement that it will remain committed to providing full access to health and HIV AIDS services for all people in Uganda and said it will guarantee equal treatment of all people in Uganda in regards to their constitutional right to privacy.
LGBTI advocates have welcomed the statement but are calling for the government to go one step further and repeal the Act.
Since the Anti Homosexuality Bill was introduced vigilantism has been rife against the gay community and there have been a number of evictions, kidnappings and torture of young gay men.