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Escalation in Uganda anti-gay policy

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Whilst the state of Massachusetts is gearing up to celebrate a decade of same sex marriage, Uganda decides to reinforce its anti-gay policy by passing a drastic law punishing homosexuality with life imprisonment.

First proposed in 2009, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, put homosexuals at risk of death penalty and threatened people who knew of homosexual activity without reporting it with several years in prison.

Opposed since its conception by several human rights groups, including Amnesty International, as a "grave assault on human rights" even after the death penalty sentence had been removed from the original bill, the proposal kept being reintroduced.

Despite a glimmer of hope for homosexuals brought by the first gay pride parade held in Uganda in 2012, Ugandan deep-rooted homophobia, fed by the urge to "protect" its youth, won over the parliament who passed the law on Friday december 20, 2013.



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