Online human rights group Avaaz is urgently collecting signatures protesting an anti-gay bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
There has been growing international condemnation of Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws which would severely punish Ugandan homosexuals with prison or even execution.
The bill also seeks prison sentences for those seen to be protecting gay people and those working in the HIV health sector for “promoting homosexuality”.
If passed, Uganda would have some of the harshest anti-gay legislation in the world.
Online advocacy group Avaaz.org said 260,000 people around the world have already signed the petition protesting the bill. The petition will be delivered to Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan Parliament at the end of this week.
Human rights groups have expressed concern that, despite international pressure, the bill may still pass in the coming days.
Ugandan gay rights advocate Frank Mugisha said, if passed, the laws would put local gay citizens in serious danger.
“Please, sign the petition and tell others to stand with us — if there’s a huge global response, our government will see that Uganda will be internationally isolated by the proposed law, and strike it down.”
The group is aiming for 1,000,000 signatures.
info: Sign the petition at http://www.avaaz.org/en/uganda_rights_2/?vl