Homosexuality remains illegal and punished in Uganda


Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in Uganda where the endemic homophobia is very strong. However, according to human rights organizations, at least 500,000 gay people live in Uganda, which has a total population of 31 million. The tradition to punish the “unnatural sex” came from the old colonial authorities.
At it’s supposed after comparing the old related laws in Uganda, “aggravated homosexuality” means serial offenders, engaging gay relations after being HIV positive or engaging sexual acts with those under 18 years age.
Before the actual variant of the law, Uganda’s Minister of Ethics and Integrity, James Nsaba Buturo appreciated: “we now think a life could be better because it gives room for offenders to be rehabilitated; killing them might not be helpful.”


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