Uganda’s parliament on Tuesday passed a mostly unchanged version of one of the world’s strictest anti-LGBTQ bills after President Yoweri Museveni asked that certain provisions from the original legislation be toned down.
LGBTQ identification and propaganda made illegal in Uganda
Uganda’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday making it a crime to identify as LGBTQ, handing authorities broad powers to target gay Ugandans who…
Except for some minor changes, the new bill retains most of the harshest measures of the legislation adopted in March. Those include the death penalty for certain same-sex acts and a 20-year sentence for “promoting” homosexuality, which activists say could criminalize any advocacy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens.
A measure that obliged people to report homosexual activity was amended to only require reporting when a child is involved.
Museveni returned the bill to parliament last month, asking lawmakers to remove the duty to report and to introduce a provision to facilitate the “rehabilitation” of gay people.
But Museveni, a vocal opponent of LGBTQ rights, applauded lawmakers for having “rejected the pressure from the imperialists.”
The United States, European Union and major corporations have condemned the bill, and the U.S. government said it was assessing the implications of the looming law for activities in Uganda under its flagship HIV/AIDS programme.