Uganda has announced its plans on Thursday for a Bill to be passed that will impose the death penalty on homos-e-xuals, Reuters reported. The “Kill the Gays” Bill was invalidated five years ago on a technicality which included the death penalty. In February 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would increase the penalty for same-s-e-x relations from seven years to life.
But it was annulled by courts in August 2014, News24 previously reported. Activists hailed it as a victory for the country.
Now, the Ugandan government plans to introduce the Bill within the next few weeks.
The government said it would curb the rise in “unnatural s-e-x”, where they are “promoting the falsehood that people are born like that”, the Independent reported.
Across Africa, homos-e-xuality is seen as a punishable offence and is highly restricted. As for 2016, same-s-e-x acts were outlawed in 33 of the 54 African countries recognised by the UN. And more than half the countries in the sub-Saharan African region have anti-homos-e-xuality laws.
News24 reported that homos-e-xuality was, under Sharia law, potentially punishable by death in Sudan, northern Nigeria, and Mauritania, where the death penalty has not been abolished. In Somalia, gay men are believed to have been executed in territory ruled by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group. Angola, Mozambique and Seychelles have scrapped anti-gay laws in recent years. However, gay marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006.
In other news – Breaking Bad actor Robert Forster has died
Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster has died. He was 78 years old. His publicist Kathie Berlin said he died on Friday of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family, reports The Guardian.
Robert was best known for his role in Jackie Brown starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Pam Grier and Robert De Niro. His received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Max Cherry in the crime drama. Read more