Uganda’s Tough Anti-Homosexuality Law Faces Legal Challenge Amid Global Outcry

Uganda is in the spotlight as one of the strictest anti-gay laws is contested in court by human rights groups. The law, implemented in May, has sparked international outrage, leading to actions like the World Bank withholding loans and the US imposing visa restrictions on officials.

Under this law, individuals found guilty of engaging in homosexual acts could face life imprisonment. Rights advocates argue that it infringes on the right to equality, but the government claims it protects traditional family values.

Dubbed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, it includes the death penalty for “aggravated” cases, such as same-sex acts with a minor or involving someone with a life-threatening illness like HIV. The law received strong support in parliament and was approved by President Museveni.

In August, a 20-year-old faced charges under this law, marking the first case of “aggravated homosexuality.”

Uganda, which hasn’t executed anyone since 2005, is facing criticism for numerous human rights abuses against LGBTQ+ individuals.

The US is responding by revoking preferential access to its markets for Ugandan goods in 2024. Despite international pressure, Uganda’s government remains firm, citing local conservative support for the legislation.

(Source: BBC News)

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