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Tough anti-gay law passed in Uganda

Published: Friday December 20, 2013 | 3:53 pm Comments 0

Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.

The anti-homosexuality bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people.

The bill has been condemned by world leaders since it was mooted in 2009 - US President Barack Obama called it odious.

The private member's bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but this has been replaced with life in prison.

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