Protest targets Ugandan plan to praise anti-LGBT law in England

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02/23/2024

Human rights activists based in and outside Uganda have petitioned the government of the United Kingdom, urging it to cancel an invitation to Anita Among, Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, to participate in the Commonwealth’s 75th anniversary celebrations scheduled for next month in London. Among was the chief architect of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), one of the world’s harshest anti-LGBTQI+ laws. It calls for life imprisonment for consenting gay sex acts and the death penalty for people it describes as serial offenders. Among has publicly stated that she will use the opportunity to defend the AHA. U.K. Parliament Speaker Lindsay Hoyle extended an invitation to Among to represent Uganda, a former British protectorate, in the celebrations alongside speakers from other Commonwealth nations.

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