Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to introduce the death penalty for same-sex sex. Now it has to be signed by the country's president, who recently called homosexuality "a deviation from the norm."
A similar punishment is introduced for "recruitment, promotion and financing of homosexual activities." Today in Uganda same-sex relationships are punishable by life imprisonment.
Only two out of 389 deputies voted against the bill. One of them stated that the bill contains unconstitutional provisions, nullifies the progress made in the fight against gender-based violence and criminalizes individuals.
Human rights activists condemned the adoption of the bill, calling it "hate legislation" and "a complete assault on humanity." They consider the provisions of the bill to be "barbaric, discriminatory and unconstitutional." Ugandan human rights defenders and LGBT activists have promised to continue the fight against discrimination.
According to an LGBT+ rights group in Uganda, it received more than 110 reports of arrests, sexualized violence, public stripping and evictions in February alone. Some of the cases concerned violations of the rights of transgender people.