This deplorable bill would not only violate the rights of Ugandans to life, to non-discrimination, to equality before the law, and to privacy, but would sanction hatred, violence and the persecution of a group of people based on whom they love alone
Michelle Kagari, Deputy Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International, about the anti-gay bill that would make the death sentence mandatory for gays who are “repeat offenders”. It brings in the death penalty for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for the second time as well as for gay sex where one partner is a minor or has HIV. It also proposes to criminalise public discussion of homosexuality and would penalise an individual who knowingly rents property to a homosexual. Homosexuality is taboo in many African nations. It is illegal in 37 countries on the continent and the bill has given Uganda a reputation as the “world’s homophobia capital”.