Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Uganda's President Signs Anti-Gay Bill

New law could lead to life imprisonment for homosexuals in Uganda.

Yoweri Museveni, the current president of Uganda has officially signed a bill which punishes the citizens of the African country for leading a 'homosexual lifestyle'. This includes gay sex and relationships which can lead to life imprisonment. Not only is this new bill a breach of human rights but will also lead to extreme cases of violent homophobia and segregations amongst those in Uganda.

Despite increasing pressure from Western countries within the EU and the US, President Museveni has decided the new anti-homosexuality act, which allows citizens to ostracise their fellow men and women on suspicion of being gay, homosexuality is not natural and therefore, he is pleased to take action on the gay community.

This is not the first time an anti-gay law has been passed within the African continent, just a month ago, Goodluck Johnson, Nigeria's president passed a similar bill which lead to mob attacks and violence against gays. It is only a matter of time before the innocent members of the gay community also become victims of legal injustice.

The new law states first-time homosexual offenders should be sentenced for '14 years' in jail. If an individual continues to express their sexuality, have homosexual relations and activity, a life imprisonment is served for 'aggravated homosexuality". This includes consenting adults, acts involving an underage minor and during the occurrence of one individual is infected with HIV.

Unsurprisingly, Uganda's new law has lead to worldwide condemnation from countries throughout the EU. The US has also responded to the ridiculous new law, White House press secretary Jay Carney stated  the law is "abhorrent". The US has began investigating Uganda's new anti-gay law which "may affect Washington's relationship" with the east African country, according to Obama himself.

The British foreign secretary, William Hague also commented in a statement yesterday

"I am deeply saddened and disappointed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda has been signed into law. The UK strongly opposes all discrimination on any grounds. We question the Bill’s compatibility with Uganda’s constitution and international treaty obligations. There can be no doubt that this Bill will increase persecution and discrimination of Ugandans, as well as damage Uganda’s reputation internationally.

We ask the Government of Uganda to protect all its citizens and encourage tolerance, equality and respect. We will continue to press the Government of Uganda to defend human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds."

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