Uganda: U.S. Pro-Gay Delegation Leaves Empty-Handed

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A US gay rights lobby that sought to pressure politicians here to be more accepting to same-sex relationships left a disappointed lot last week after a string of meetings yielded no guarantees that the Anti-homosexuality bill would be dropped or even amended.

The delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, led by Kerry Kennedy, held meetings with President Museveni, the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja, Janet Museveni, as well as MPs.

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The Observer has learnt that in one of the meetings, the group argued that the controversial draft legislation doesn’t meet the benchmarks of international human rights and contravenes some international human rights charters that Uganda has ratified.

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