Rebecca Kadaga is the Speaker of the House in Uganda’s Parliament. She is famous for her declaration that the LGBT community would receive a Christmas gift in the form of imprisonment! At that time, the motion called “Kill the Gays” bill softened the title but a 14 year imprisonment came into place. Below, is what most people would term a hypocritical speech on human rights given by Kadaga in April 2015. After her speech, I have posted the declaration by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) addressed to the U.N and world leaders basically stating that since homosexuality cannot be reverse or changed, it is NOT a choice. I am wondering, that given this scientific information, the learned Kadaga (who is a lawyer/judge) will reverse her homophobic and give true justice to ALL citizens of Uganda – as she promises in last year’s speech. Or, was it an insult the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Uganda? Look, I’ll have fun with you – I’ll say that I’m all for human rights, giggle, giggle. paula. (Also it just makes me gag when on her Facebook page she uses the word “God” and “God bless you” and “God bless Uganda.”
Monday, 20 April 2015
Speech by Hon. Rebecca A. Kadaga.
On 6th and 7th March, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) held its 8th Inter-University competitions at Busitema University in Tororo. The current speaker of Parliament; Hon. Rebecca A.Kadaga graced the event as the guest of honor. Here is the Speech she made;
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has backed Human Rights Clubs in Universities and Tertiary Institutions in the country noting that such movements are a stepping stone into ensuring that human rights become a living reality in communities throughout the country.
She made the remarks in her speech read by Hon. Jacob Oboth Oboth M.P Budama West County at the 8th Inter-University Human Rights Competition held at Busitema University from the 6th to the 7th of March 2015.
“The participation of students in human rights club activities through their respective institutions will carry forward the message of human rights and help instil human rights principles in generations to come” read part of the speech.
Kadaga noted that providing a platform such as this not only helps celebrate the constitution, rights and duties but also free the potential of each student participating inspiring one another to look deeper into themselves and ask the important question of what they can do to make contribution to their communities, societies and the country at large.
“We need not to look very far to understand human rights, we need not to look to the greater walls of the United Nations, human rights begin in the communities we live in, the schools and institutions we go to, work places and homes. It’s in these very places that we all seek equality, human dignity, advancement of human rights, freedom and social justice. Engaging the young generation is therefore very key.” Read part of the speech.
Human Rights are rights inherent to all human beings whatever one’s nationality, place of residence, sex, national or infinity origin, colour, religion, language or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. Human rights are all inter-related, inter- dependent, and indivisible.
Universal Human Rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law in the form of treaties, customary laws, national laws, general principles, and international laws. International human rights laws lay down obligations of government to act in certain ways or to refrain in certain ways in acts in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
Kadaga noted that all over the world today, the rights of men and women are being threatened by individuals who do not value the need for others to equally enjoy the gift of life and access to life’s available necessities.
“The parliament of Uganda considers human rights as a very important aspect. This is why the human rights committee was created in May 2012 with mandate to ensure compliance with human rights standards in all businesses before parliament. This was a wide mandate that required a sense of direction on how to proceed given the enormous business handled in parliament which include bills, policy matters, statements, petitions and motions.” Read part of the speech.
The committee further went ahead and developed a checklist to the members and executive on what they need to comply with before introducing any business in the house. The checklist was developed in consultation with various stakeholders among them Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, The Uganda Human Rights Commission, United Nations office of the high commissioner on human rights and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs among other. (END OF SPEECH).
Paula’s comments: I am wondering why someone else gave her speech. Would the hypocritical words have stuck in her throat?
Here is part of the World Psychiatric Associations’ declaration (March 2016) to the United Nations and World Leaders; the entire speech can be found on this link.
- The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) holds the view that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals are and should be regarded as valued members of society, who have exactly the same rights and responsibilities as all other citizens. This includes equal access to healthcare and the rights and responsibilities that go along with living in a civilised society.
- WPA recognises the universality of same-sex expression, across cultures. It holds the position that a same-sex sexual orientation per se does not imply objective psychological dysfunction or impairment in judgement, stability, or vocational capabilities.
- WPA considers same-sex attraction, orientation, and behaviour as normal variants of human sexuality. It recognises the multi-factorial causation of human sexuality, orientation, behaviour, and lifestyle. It acknowledges the lack of scientific efficacy of treatments that attempt to change sexual orientation and highlights the harm and adverse effects of such “therapies”.
- WPA acknowledges the social stigma and consequent discrimination of people with same-sex sexual orientation and transgender gender identity. It recognises that the difficulties they face are a significant cause of their distress and calls for the provision of adequate mental health support.
- WPA supports the need to de-criminalise same–sex sexual orientation and behaviour and transgender gender identity, and to recognise LGBT rights to include human, civil, and political rights. It also supports anti-bullying legislation; anti-discrimination student, employment, and housing laws; immigration equality; equal age of consent laws; and hate crime laws providing enhanced criminal penalties for prejudice-motivated violence against LGBT people.
6) WPA emphasises the need for research on and the development of evidence-based medical and social interventions that support the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
End of WPA’s partial declaration.
Rebecca: Not married. No children. No man ever seen with her? Surely, the “Gay Police Patrol” should be investigating, LOL. Her future? She presents herself as a friend to women. Really?
Ugandan mothers have to question her political ambitions as weighed against their birth of gay children. There is a saying in Uganda: ensi egula mirambo; ngowuwo si gwebasse (it is easy to be indifferent towards death – if no one you know is being killed)
David Kato, a gay activist was murdered in his home just after homophobic pastors like Scott Lively and Rick Warren visited Uganda. Of course, Rebecca Kadaga was not involved directly in David’s murder, but her homophobia has caused pain and suffering to LGBT individuals and their families. Kadaga was in Canada and when confronted with the homophobic climate that led to David Kato’s death lashed out and told David Baird (Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada) that Uganda was not a British colony. As if that made sense? If you go back to her speech (above), I can use her own words that human rights is a world issue. She gets trapped in her own hateful words. In terms of “things Commonwealth” it was Britain that enacted Sodomy Laws and it is Uganda that is still following the Commonwealth which has ditched these laws as being violations of Human Rights!
Watch out this woman wants to be Uganda’s next President. This is where I use the word “God” as in “Please God don’t let this woman succeed”