Uganda’s Parliament passes bill criminalizing identifying as LGBTQ


Kampala: Uganda’s Parliament has handed a invoice to criminalize folks figuring out as LGBTQ and beneath which an individual might be jailed for as much as 10 years.

As gay acts are already unlawful within the East African nation, now beneath the proposed Anti Homosexuality Invoice 2023, associates, household and members of the group would have an obligation to report people in same-sex relationships to the authorities, the BBC reported.

The invoice, which was first tabled earlier this month, handed with widespread assist in Parliament late Tuesday.

It is going to now go to President Yoweri Museveni who can select to make use of his veto or signal it into legislation.

The invoice additionally stipulates that an individual who’s convicted of grooming or trafficking youngsters for functions of participating them in gay actions faces life in jail.

People or establishments which assist or fund LGBT rights’ actions or organizations, or publish, broadcast and distribute pro-gay media materials and literature, will even face prosecution and imprisonment.

Whereas introducing the invoice in Parliament, opposition lawmaker Asuman Basalirwa mentioned that it goals to “protect our church culture; the legal, religious and traditional family values ​​of Ugandans from the acts that are likely to promote sexual promiscuity in this country”, stories CNN.

“The objective of the bill was to establish a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect traditional family values, our diverse culture, our faiths, by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex and the promotion or recognition of sexual relations between persons of the same sex,” he added.

However a small group of Ugandan MPs on a committee scrutinizing the invoice argued that the offenses it seeks to criminalize are already lined within the nation’s Penal Code Act.

Lawmaker Fox Odoi-Oywelowo spoke out towards the invoice, saying that it “contravenes established international and regional human rights standards” because it “unfairly limits the fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ persons”.

Rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch had warned earlier this month that the legislation would violate Ugandans’ rights to freedom of expression and affiliation, privateness, equality, and non-discrimination, CNN reported.

Uganda made headlines in 2009 when it launched an anti-homosexuality invoice that included a loss of life sentence for homosexual intercourse.

Lawmakers handed a invoice in 2014, however they changed the loss of life penalty clause with a proposal for all times in jail. However that legislation was in the end struck down.

Identical-sex relations are banned in about 30 African nations, the place many individuals uphold conservative non secular and social values.

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