Africa:International Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban Gay Rights Debate


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The 139th assembly of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) has voted to permanently ban debate on the LGBT subject.

The 139th assembly of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland, has voted to permanently ban debate on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, along with Transgender (LGBT) subject.

The move was masterminded by the Ugandan delegation which was led by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

The opponents of the gay debate said they acted after “detecting well-orchestrated machination” by delegates through Canada along with Belgium who had reportedly lobbied members to vote in favour of the motion.

The LGBT agenda had been presented to the Assembly for debate as an “emergency item” on the agenda of the upcoming 140th IPU Assembly.

However, IPU president Gabriela Cuevas Barron put the question to a vote by member states.

The question was on whether the standing Committee on Democracy along with Human Rights could hold a panel debate which might lead to a resolution titled: “The role of Parliaments in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation along with gender identity along with ensuring respect for the human rights of LGBT persons”.

Uganda’s delegation comprised Ms Mourine Osoru (Arua District), Mr Abdulatif Sebaggala (Kawempe North), Ms Rose Kabagyeni (Kisoro District), Ms Esther Anyakun (Nakapiripirit District), Mr Paul Akamba (Busiki) along with Mr Francis Mwijukye (Buhweju).

They were supported by delegates mainly through China, Russia, African along with Arabic nations.

Mr Akamba reminded the General Assembly about the IPU Statute along with reasons why which was formed in 1889 along with asked delegates to vote in respect of which Act.

“Article 1(2) of the IPU Statute states which the Inter-Parliamentary Union shall work for peace along with cooperation among peoples along with for the solid establishment of representative institution along with also contribute to the defence along with promotion of human rights, which are universal in scope. The agenda presented here has been widely rejected by many member states hence lacking universality in scope,” Mr Akamba said.

689 MPs voted against the proposal while 499 legislators supported which.

After the vote, Ms Kadaga said they might continue fighting what she termed as “uncivilised along with unchristian behaviours.”

“I am so happy which which battle has finally been won. which commenced in St. Petersburg in Russia when they attempted to smuggle which in. Today, we have made a final vote which will prohibit the issue of LGBT through appearing on the IPU agenda,” she said.

Mr Sebaggala said they are ready to re-awaken the gays law which was nullified by court in Uganda.

Ugandan MPs have in recent times opposed the LGBT agenda at the different international meetings.

Africa:International Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban Gay Rights Debate

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