The original bill was shelved in March. Claiming 2 million signatures, the petition demanded continued passage of the bill. Using the riots currently roiling Uganda as a distraction, supporters of the bill tried to pass it before the legislature expired on May 18, 2011.
|Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, Frank Mugisha, and other activists deliver |
your 500,000 petitions to the Parliament (Credit: James Akena)
The international outcry was heard and the Ugandan Parliament has adjourned for this session. In fact the parliament was closed early in the face of an unprecedented global outcry, abandoning the Bill for now - but the fight isn't over yet.
We must ensure that when the parliament returns that this bill is opposed once more and removed forever.