Uganda has passed a stringent anti-gay law, sentencing convicted individuals to life imprisonment.
New legislation details: The law imposes strict penalties for homosexuality, including the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and lengthy prison sentences for other same-sex relations.
* Same-sex relations involving HIV-positive individuals, children, or other vulnerable people are considered ~~”aggravated homosexuality.”~~
* The law also penalizes those who attempt to engage in same-sex relations with prison sentences.
International response: Human rights organizations and LGBTQ rights groups globally have condemned the legislation, with the United Nations’ Human Rights office calling for an urgent judicial review.
Context: This new law follows the nullification of a previous anti-homosexual law in 2014, with more than 30 of Africa’s 54 countries criminalizing homosexuality.
* Widespread anti-gay sentiment and the threat of imprisonment have forced many LGBTQ individuals to flee Uganda or go into hiding.
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