Draconian details of Uganda’s misguided new anti-gay law

Very detailed blog on the latest developments in anti-gay legislation to be signed into law in Uganda. Good links to further reading, with links to the legislation document itself. Certainly pays witness to the foolish ideas from some Ugandan politicians – which are the foundations of homophobia or which result in homophobia? This last question is something to think on when we consider that education is how we combat such discrimination but how to educate against such beliefs?


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today signed into law the harsh, long-disputed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.”

The official text of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (PDF) was only released after it was signed. It  provides for:

  • Life imprisonment for same-sex intimacy involving penetration — the same punishment currently provided under existing Ugandan law.
  • Life imprisonment for anyone who “touches another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.”
  • Forced medical examinations for anyone accused of being HIV-positive and of committing homosexual acts, which is termed “aggravated homosexuality,” also punishable by life imprisonment.
  • Seven years in prison for attempts at committing “the offense of homosexuality.”
  • Life imprisonment for HIV-positive people who attempt to commit “the offense of homosexuality.”
  • Seven years in prison for anyone…

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