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Uganda imposes death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality'

By Leo Sands and Rael Ombuor

29 May 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ bill on May 29 that imposes life imprisonment for same-sex activity and the death penalty in some cases.

Uganda's president signed into law a wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for same-sex activity and the death penalty in some cases, signaling an intensification of the east African nation's crackdown on LGBTQ+ people despite widespread international condemnation of the law.

The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 punishes those found guilty of "aggravated homosexuality" with death, a category broadly defined by legislators to include offenses that range from having gay sex with a minor to seducing someone through "misrepresentation" or "undue influence."

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