Lifetime Prison Awaits Uganda’s Homosexuals

World | December 20, 2013, Friday // 15:50|  views

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (R) will decide whether to sign the bill into a law. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Uganda has toughened its anti-homosexuality laws by including life imprisonment in some cases.

The anti-homosexuality bill has been condemned by world leaders, since it was first proposed in 2009. However, it is yet to be approved by President Yoweri Museveni.

The new bill will also criminalize not reporting a gay person, writes the BBC.

The bill's supporters say it is needed to protect traditional family values, which they say are under attack from Western-inspired gay rights groups.

Uganda also passed an Anti-Pornography Bill on Thursday, which bans miniskirts and sexually suggestive material such as some music videos.

In 2011, a gay rights activist was killed, although the police denied he was targeted because of his sexuality.

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