Uganda's parliament reconsiders anti-homosexuality law

Uganda’s parliament reconsiders anti-homosexuality law

Ugandan parliament has watered down an anti-homosexuality bill that originally criminalised people for simply identifying as LGBTQ+.

The proposed legislation, first approved in March, was returned to the house after President Yoweri Museveni suggested changes.

He said the clause penalising people who identify as gay would have led to the prosecution of people simply for their physical appearance.

The bill still prescribes the death penalty for what it calls aggravated offences – such as child abuse.

The public will be required to report to the authorities any form of homosexual abuse against children or other vulnerable people.

Landlords who knowingly rent premises for homosexual acts risk going to prison for seven years.

The bill was passed with an overwhelming majority, with only one MP opposing it.

It has been widely condemned by international human rights groups.

A similar law was struck down by Uganda’s constitutional court in 2014.

With BBC

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