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Homosexuals angered by proposed law
afrol News, 15 October - The homosexual groups in Uganda are outraged by the tabling of the Anti-Homosexuality bill on Wednesday, protesting that it was in violation of their human rights.
The bill, which was tabled by Ndorwa West MP, David Bahati, seeks to criminalise homosexuality in the country and penalise individuals involved in the practice.
The MP wants the bill to be applicable for those who have gay sex with disabled people, under 18 years old or when the offender is HIV positive. Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda, but the Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposes news offences.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission expressed concerns about ongoing detentions in Uganda based on charges of homosexuality, and calls for the dismissal of a bill that would severely curtail the rights of homosexuals.
The minister of Uganda for Ethics and Integrity, Dr James Nsaba Buturo said once the bill is passed into law, it will rid Uganda of the vice that has continued to be a menace in secondary schools.
He said the government will not hesitate to shame countries that give aid to Africa on condition that it supports homosexuality.
Once the bill is passed into law, anyone found practicing homosexuality will face 14 years in prison whereas those found guilty of operating brothels where homosexuals meet will also be liable to 14 years imprisonment.
By staff writer
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