House of Commons to block Speaker Among from entering UK in March 

(Last Updated On: 9 February 2024)

UK-based Ugandan LGBT+ campaigner, Peter Tatchell has requested an entry ban and told Sir Lindsay Hoyle that Ugandan Parliament Speaker Anita Among promoted the new Ugandan law that makes some consenting same-sex acts punishable by execution. 

The request was made on Wednesday when the Speaker of the House of Commons met with LGBT+ campaigner, Tatchell in Parliament.

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has agreed to “press” the Home Secretary, James Cleverly to ban Speaker Anita Among from entering Britain.

“Her presence in the UK would not be conducive to public order, harmonious community relations and the public good. The Home Secretary should use his powers to exclude her from Britain,” Tatchell told Hoyle.

Speaker Hoyle is now arranging to meet the Home Secretary to put the case for Anita Among to be denied entry to attend UK events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Commonwealth in March 2024.

“I thank Sir Lindsay for hearing our concerns and agreeing to take action to ensure that this odious politician, who advocates the killing of LGBT+ people, is not welcome in Parliament – or anywhere in the UK,” said Tatchell.

Sir Lindsay is expected to host the Speakers of Commonwealth Parliaments, including Anita Among, at the House of Commons next month. Karuma

In a letter addressed to Speaker Hoyle, Tatchell urged that she be disinvited, highlighting Among’s leading role in the legislation of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 2023.

The law has fostered an environment of fear and persecution, leading to beatings, sexual and psychological violence, evictions, blackmail, loss of employment, and denial of access to healthcare based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, Tatchell argued.

“Among’s presence in the UK would send a terrible signal that Britain tolerates the extreme homophobia of those who advocate the killing of LGBT+ people. There should be no facilitation of, and collusion with, a politician who has blood on her hands,” Tatchell added.

Last year, Speaker Among vowed never to be intimidated by foreign powers, stating that as long as Bukedia (her home district) is Visa-free, she’s comfortable in Uganda.

By press time, her office was yet to respond to our request for a comment on this latest development by the UK.

In 2023, Ugandan human rights activists and MP Fox Odoi dragged the government to the Constitutional Court seeking the new Law to be annulled.

The Court is expected to deliver a judgement “any time”.

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