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Uganda: Groups Report Surge in Gay Rights Abuses

Thursday May 15, 2014
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni  (Source:AP Photo/Carl Court)

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reporting a surge in the rights violations of gay people in Uganda following the enactment of a severe anti-gay law.

The rights groups said in a statement Thursday that LGBTI people face "a notable increase in arbitrary arrests, police abuse and extortion, loss of employment, evictions and homelessness."

The groups say scores have fled the country.

In February Uganda’s president enacted a bill that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex, despite widespread international condemnation of the measure.

The new law allows jail terms of up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.

Gay leaders say the measure has sent many underground in a country where known homosexuals face severe discrimination and even attacks.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-05-16 21:23:13

    This is a direct result of official homophobia - and of the homophobia of Scott Lively and others who pressed that country to make their already homophobic laws even more extreme than they were before. Those responsible for those laws may pretend they are pro-life - just another one of their many lies.


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