NewsEast & Horn AfricaWe are not opposed to gay rights - Uganda


Posted on Friday, 22 June 2012 15:04

We are not opposed to gay rights - Uganda

By Godfrey Olukya

Uganda has claimed it is not opposed to gay rights, but rather is against the spread of homosexuality to the rest of the society through public meetings.

Map of UgandaIn response to an international outcry over the arrest of gay rights activists, Uganda said it did not discriminate against gays.

"The government would like to state that much as promoting gay activities is illegal according to Section 145 of the Penal code Act

"Uganda does not segregate against people of a different sexual orientation," the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Father Simon Lukodo, who reportedly sanctioned a police crackdown on gay rights activists, said in a statement.

He the government was not bent on harassing any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoyed the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others.

Lukodo said that the culture in Africa was very different to elsewhere in the world, with two thirds of the continent outlawing homosexuality, while 80% of East African countries criminalised the practice.

He said internationally more than 80 countries outlawed homosexuality. 

The minister warned the public against getting involved in homosexuality.

"The government would like to encourage all Ugandans to be vigilant and stay away from unlawful activities that would get them in trouble with the law," he said.

Last week police invaded a hotel where gays were attending a workshop, leading to an international outcry.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 June 2012 15:47

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