BONSERNEWS.com – US President Joe Biden condemned Uganda’s new anti-gay law, calling it “shameful” and a “tragic violation of universal human rights”.
In a statement Monday, Joe Biden said the law was “the latest development in a worrying trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda.”
He said America would “evaluate the impact of this law on all aspects of the US engagement with Uganda.”
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Members of Uganda’s LGBTQ community were shocked after the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law on Monday by President Yoweri Museveni.
They called for the law’s repeal and Monday submitted a petition to the country’s Constitutional Court.
Critics say the law, which allows for life imprisonment and in some cases the death penalty, is draconian and the harshest in the world.
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The new law stipulates a penalty of up to 20 years in prison for promoting homosexuality and life imprisonment for anyone found to be homosexual.
The law also provides for the death penalty for what it calls “aggravated homosexuals.” This includes having sex with people who are categorized as vulnerable, including the elderly and children.
Any Ugandan who does not report such cases can be sentenced to five years in prison or pay a fine of 10 million Ugandan shillings, about $2,680.()