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Friday, November 13, 2009

The Right to Express Your Sexuality

A new bill before the Ugandan parliament, which proposes a death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and “serial offenders”, demonstrates that many nations still impose harsh penalties for public expressions of homosexuality. A sentence of life imprisonment will be imposed for touching a person with homosexual intent. Membership in gay organizations, advocacy of gay human rights and the provision of condoms or safer sex advice to gay people will result in seven years jail for “promoting” homosexuality. Failing to report violators to the police within 24 hours would incur three years behind bars. The new legislation will also apply to Ugandans who commit these "crimes" while living abroad, even in countries where such behavior is not a criminal offense.

Only a handful of nations (the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK) ensure full equality and protection under the law for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons. No international human-rights convention that provides for the sexual rights as human rights and equality of the LGBT community exists, a fact that prevents more progressive nations from bringing pressure to bear on the African and Islamic states where homophobia is enshrined as law.

Stand up for LGBT rights!

Read more here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Write for Rights – Join the Global Write-a-thon!

Promote freedom and human rights by joining Amnesty International's annual Global Write-a-thon, the world's largest letter writing event!
This global action marks the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, bringing people together from all over the world to make a difference in the lives of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, victims of torture and other individuals at risk.

Use the proven power of writing letters and get involved!

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