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The world scout headquarters in Geneva has written to the Chief Scout and the Chief Commissioner of the Uganda Scout Association, expressing concern about how the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will impact on scouts and scout leaders and questioning the sponsorship of the Bill by the Chair of the Uganda Scout Board, David Bahati MP.
This action follows yesterday's protests to the Scout Association UK by the LGBT human rights group OutRage!.
OutRage! has urged the disaffiliation of the Ugandan scout organisation from the world scouting movement - the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM),
See the REVISED news release below.
Scout teenagers to be hanged under proposed law
World scout movement urged to expel Uganda
Call for UK Scout Association to sever links with Uganda scout movement
London, UK - 16 February 2010
"The leader of the scout movement in Uganda is demanding the execution of anyone who commits repeated homosexual acts. This could include the execution of gay scouts and scout leaders," reports human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of OutRage!.
"Chairman of the Scout Board of Uganda, David Bahati, is proposing that all serial homosexual offenders should be hanged - even young people.
"Mr Bahati is a Ugandan MP. His Anti-Homosexuality Bill is currently before the Ugandan Parliament. It stipulates the death penalty for repeat same-sex relations and life imprisonment for all other homosexual acts, even for mere kissing, touching or caressing.
"Although Mr Bahati and his Anti-Homosexuality Bill do not explicitly mention or target the scout movement, the draconian punishments will apply to scout members and to all other lesbian, gay and bisexual Ugandans.
"Scout leaders who fail to report gay scout offenders to the police will face three years in jail. Any scout leader who provides supportive advice to a gay scout will be jailed for five to seven years.
"This Bill expresses extreme prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and violence, contrary to scout principles," said Mr Tatchell.
See a summary and link to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill here:
Mr Tatchell has written on behalf of OutRage! to the Chief Executive of the Scout Association UK, Derek Twine.
A copy of his letter follows below.
Mr Twine has already referred OutRage!'s concerns to the General Secretary of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
"I have asked the Scout Association UK to press the world scouting movement to disaffiliate the scout organisation of Uganda, on the grounds that its leader has violated scouting values by proposing the execution of gay people, including gay Ugandan scouts and scout leaders," added Mr Tatchell.
"My letter calls on the British scout organisation to condemn Mr Bahati and his Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and to refuse to host him again in the UK.
"The British and world scouting movement cannot remain silent, given this threat to kill its members in Uganda. They must break all links with the Ugandan scout organisation while it remains under the leadership of David 'kill the gays' Bahati.
"The international scout movement has a duty to defend its values of universal respect, equality and brotherhood," concluded Mr Tatchell.
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Press Release: OutRage!
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