Ugandan President Museveni signs anti-LGBT legislation that stipulates DEATH PENALTY for "aggravated homosexuality"
The leader of the East African nation of Uganda has signed an anti-LGBT bill into law
that stipulates the death penalty for so-called "aggravated homosexuality."
Kampala announced on May 29 that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023 into law, which has received support among the population. The version signed by the president does not criminalize those identifying as LGBT.
However, the new law still prescribes the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality." It defined "aggravated homosexuality" as cases of sexual relations involving minors
, people infected with HIV and other categories of vulnerable people. Those convicted of "attempted aggravated homosexuality" can face prison terms of up to 14 years.
Anita Among, speaker of the unicameral Parliament of Uganda, said in a statement that Museveni had "answered the cries of our people" in signing the bill. She continued: "With a lot of humility, I thank my colleagues … [in the Ugandan] Parliament for withstanding all the pressure from bullies and doomsday conspiracy theorists in the interest of our country."
Museveni returned the bill to the Ugandan Parliament in April. He requested lawmakers to revise the bill that would differentiate between identifying as a member of the LGBT and actually engaging in homosexual acts. (Related: Scott Lively looks back on his fight against the LGBT mafia in Uganda – Brighteon.TV.
Some lawmakers feared that Museveni would yield to international pressure and veto the bill. Lawmakers eventually passed an amended version of the bill earlier in May. This version headed to Museveni's desk and was the version he signed into law.
Opponents of the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023 claimed the new law is unnecessary as homosexuality has long been illegal under a colonial-era law. This law from the British period criminalizes sexual activity – which it describes as "against the order of nature" – with life imprisonment.
US, UN decry Uganda's new anti-LGBT law
Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden blasted the new law in a May 29 statement. He described the new law as "a tragic violation of universal human rights – one that is not worthy of the Ugandan people and one that jeopardizes the prospects of critical economic growth for the entire country."
"I join with people around the world, including many in Uganda, in calling for its immediate repeal," said Biden, a proponent of LGBT same-sex marriages. "No one should have to live in constant fear for their life or being subjected to violence and discrimination. It is wrong."
Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over the new law. Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the top UN official, said: "The Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023 raises the risk of worsening the violence and persecution already faced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Uganda," Dujarric noted.
"[Guterres] calls on [Kampala] to fully respect its international human rights obligations, in particular the principle of non-discrimination and the respect for personal privacy, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity."
The UN Human Rights Office said it was "appalled that the draconian and discriminatory anti-gay bill is now law." It described the legislation Museveni signed as "a recipe for systematic violations of the rights" of LGBT people and others.
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a joint statement condemning the new law.
The three organizations expressed deep concern over the "harmful impact" of the newly-signed law on public health and the HIV response, adding that "stigma and discrimination associated with the passage of the Act has already led to reduced access to prevention as well as treatment services" for Ugandan LGBT.
"Uganda's progress on its HIV response is now in grave jeopardy," it noted. "The Anti-Homosexuality Act [of] 2023 will obstruct health education and the outreach that can help end AIDS as a public health threat."
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