Dear colleagues, partners and well wishers,
We deeply appreciate all your efforts to write in and condemn this draconian Bill. Find below some of the letters that we have had access to and also please continue to write write write and together lets fight the Bill. We shall keep uploading more here as the come in.
Dear Sirs and Madams, Members of Parliament,
I am writing as a student, a psychology Master, who is deeply concerned about human rights at home and abroad. I am alarmed by this proposed bill, that is so against not just the UN’s declaration of human rights, but also the Ugandan Constitution’s.
I’m concerned because I have studied in-depth the world-wide problem of sexual abuse of children, and see this bill as severely misguided if it’s to in any way affect this problem. Pedophilia and child abuse have nothing to do with homosexuality, which concerns the love and relationships between consenting adults. Neither can one get “recruited” or “turned gay” by others.
I am also deeply concerned because I have citizenship in America as well as Sweden. As such I am appalled by the extreme right wing American Evangelical pastors who have been pushing their hateful agenda, cloaked in a false rhetoric of “Christian values”, in Uganda in the last decade. These men have stoked this fire of hatred and scapegoating, perpetuating their myths about homosexuality all over the world.
Please don’t allow the most self-serving and inhumane of my people this influence in the world.
I urge you as political leaders to stand up for human rights, and oppose this legislation!
LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER
Dear Rt. Hon. Amama Mbazi (/Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi),
I am witing because in the past year, several LGBTI-people from Uganda have sought refuge here in Sweden, after repeated severe beatings, threats, and their loved ones being murdered.
Still I hope that one day soon, they will not have to be afraid to return. I know that they only want what is best for all of Uganda.The Hon. David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is not it.
It will not decrease homosexuality, because people are born gay. We can’t be “recruited” or tricked or taught to be gay. Homosexuality is not a “life style”; it is simply who you fall in love with.
It will not help stop sexual abuse of children, because that is committed by pedophiles and psychopaths and not by gay people. I hope you recognize that notion as dangerous hate speech.
It will not help end any of the very real struggles and challenges Uganda is facing. Especially not the AIDS-epidemic. It will not help stop HIV-transmission, it will be disastrous for the efforts to stop it.
In the 1980’s our AIDS-epidemic started in Sweden, and we scapegoated, demonized, harassed and murdered gays. That didn’t help. It made it much much worse; people everywhere were too scared to get tested, to let anyone find out their status, didn’t get access to information, condoms, medication. Heterosexual people thought it was a “gay disease”, and that they therefor didn’t have to protect themselves.
But courageous gay people working tirelessly to educate and advocate for safe sex, condoms and testing, did help. Drastically. Soon allies joined them. We came to fear less and learn more. Today it is very rare here, though we will always need to stay vigilant.
I ask you with all my heart, please don’t repeat our mistake and double down on it! Protect the health and rights of all Ugandans by opposing the bill.
Lund, Sweden, 02/12/2012
Thomsons Väg 30B
21372 Malmö, Sweden
Citizens of South Asian countries protest Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill
The President, the Parliament and the People of Uganda: Reject the
We write to register our strongest concern at the news that the
Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2012, has been listed on the Order Papers for
the Ugandan Parliament. We wish to add our voices to those of a global
human rights community which has characterised this Bill as violating
the basic human rights of a section of Uganda’s people, impeding their
right to live and love without harm to others, in enjoyment of the
rights of freedom and equality guaranteed by the Ugandan Constitution.
We write as citizens of South Asian countries, former British colonies
that are also grappling with the multiple legacies of colonialism, of
which the inheritance of homophobic laws is only one. We too have been
told in our countries that homosexuality is a ‘Western import’ that is
alien to our cultures. This claim flies in the face of a wealth of
evidence of same-sex love and desire in our histories and cultures. It
is a matter of fact that consensual same-sex love in our cultures,
just as in parts of Africa, including Uganda, was accepted, and in
some contexts, celebrated until the advent of the colonial experience.
It is a claim that, moreover, is contradicted by the fact that section
377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, represented the most aggressive
institutionalisation of the criminalisation of homosexuality in the
history of the Indian subcontinent. It is this legislative initiative
of an unrepresentative colonial state that was then replicated in only
slightly modified forms in other colonies of the British state,
including Uganda. It is homophobia, rather than homosexuality, that is
a colonial legacy. Today, we are engaged, along with our counterparts
in other ex-British colonies, in an ongoing struggle against this
legacy of colonialism, a struggle in which we have relied primarily on
the activist labours of our people and on the moral and legal
commitments of laws and Constitutions that we have given unto
We share much with Uganda, including the legacies of struggle against
colonial rule. As a postcolonial state that is proud of its hard-won
independence, we understand, share and support your commitment to
realising and maintaining democratic decision making processes, in
line with your Constitution and in the exercise of your sovereignty,
unimpeded by the external world. And it is precisely for this reason
that we ask you to revisit the decision to consider passing the
Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
As numerous analyses and critical commentaries have shown, the
Anti-Homosexuality Bill is itself an externally sponsored initiative,
drafted with considerable encouragement and advice from US-based
evangelicals whose moral, theological and political agendas do not
prioritise, or rather undermine the welfare of the entirety of
Uganda’s people. In this context it is important to emphasise that the
Bill disregards and devalues the lives of Uganda’s own people. We urge
you to listen to those brave Ugandan voices in every walk of life who
have stood up for basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of all
people in Uganda without regard to considerations of tribe, region,
religion, sex, nationality, disability, or sexuality.
Ugandans need no reminding of their own history, nor of the fact that
Ugandan citizens are unanimous in their relief and gratitude that the
dark days of civil war and strife have been left behind. In the early
postcolonial history of Uganda, the regime of Idi Amin is rightly
remembered with dread as one in which minority communities were
scapegoated and turned into objects of hatred and violence as a means
of distracting attention from broader societal ills. The result was a
cycle of violence that brutalised not only those minority communities,
but an entire society. Likewise, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is
against not only the Constitutional rights of sexual minority
communities, but an affront to the rights of the entirety of Ugandan
society. We ask that these mistakes of the past not be repeated.
Finally, we reach out in solidarity against attempts at imperialist
control over our political, moral, ethical and cultural lives. The
irony of history is that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is an
instance of such attempts at control is being seen as evidence of the
expression of sovereignty. To recognise the rights of all Ugandans to
lives of dignity, equality and freedom of expression and assembly, by
refusing the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would be the true
assertion of sovereignty.