Uganda’s anti-gay bill outs the country as anti-human rights

In a newsletter to their mailing list, The Atlantic Wire highlighted my op-ed in the Guardian as one its best columns of 3 March 2014. I was at number 3.

Jackee Budesta Batanda at The Guardian on Uganda’s anti-gay bill. “In a country struggling with high unemployment, the youth need an outlet to vent the frustrations ailing them, and the LGBTI community is the current unfortunate scapegoat. The newly signed bill, the outing of people and western countries withholding aid combine to make a perfect recipe for pre-meditated attacks on the LGBTI community,” Budesta Batanda writes. “Discussion on the anti-gay bill in most cases turns into a black and a white debate; there is no grey line and it more or less ends up in name-calling with critics of the bill quickly labelled as homosexuals or gay lovers. This shows the failure for many people to understand that the bill might lead to potential cases of human rights violations for a minority within the country. The bill can now be seen as a yardstick to measure the level of tolerance – or lack of it – within the country. And by the looks of it, it is hitting an all time low.”

Read full op-ed here.

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