Crackdown: Ugandan Lawmakers Propose 7-Year Jail Term For Promotion Of Homosexuality

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Uganda continues to hammer down strongly on homosexuality as activists warn that new laws could see people persecuted for just promoting it.

The new laws being planned by the government would reportedly see a 7-year jail term handed out to people convicted of promoting it.

The move comes nearly a year after Ugandan politicians passed legislation that could have imposed life sentences on gays, but was struck down by the constitutional court on a technicality.

According to a leaked copy of the new draft law, anyone convicted of “promoting” homosexuality would be liable to seven years in prison.

Frank Mugisha, a gay-rights activist, said: “People don’t realise that the ‘promotion’ part of it will affect everybody. If newspapers report about homosexuality it could be seen as promotion. My Twitter account could be seen as promotion. All human rights groups that include LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] rights defence in their activities could be accused of promotion.”

“We have confirmed that the draft comes from the cabinet. Their plan is to present it to parliament as soon as possible, before the end of the year,” Mugisha said.

Wana

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