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Life imprisonment for homosexuality - Stop the new law in Uganda!
Uganda, action created 16.1.2014
A new law introduced in Uganda can make life imprisonment possible for homosexuals and individuals of other minority sexual orientations. The bill sits on the President's table, and can be passed in a few days.
Help us to exert the greatest pressure to ensure that this law does not pass!
On 20 December 2013 the Ugandan parliament approved a law that harbors hatred and discrimination against people with minority sexual orientations. The Ugandan Penal Code already prohibits "sexual intercourse against the order of nature". The new law goes further by introducing the offence of "aggravated homosexuality," which may condemn an individual to the maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The new law punishes people who:
• have repeatedly engaged in "sexual intercourse against the order of nature"
• are HIV positive and had sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex - even if it is protected intercourse and it is consensual.
The Act also contains other troubling provisions, such as the criminalization of the "promotion" of homosexuality.
Amnesty International is monitoring the situation in Uganda with apprehension. In recent years we have, documented together with other NGOs, a steady increase in discrimination, arbitrary arrests, disappearances and torture, aimed precisely at people with different sexual or gender identities. Problems have also arisen involving activists who support the LGBT community.