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Ugandan homosexuals named: 200 homosexuals named by newspaper after anti-gay law

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Two hundred Ugandan homosexuals were named in a newspaper after an anti-gay law was passed in the country. On Feb. 25, Yahoo! News reported that the paper created a sort of "top 200" list and named people who were accused of being gay which is pretty scary for those people given the fact that the new law requires gays to be denounced. The law states that homosexuals will be "jailed for life" and pretty much gives a "free pass" for harassment of these people.

"In salutation to the new law, today we unleash Uganda’s top homos and their sympathisers (sic)," the newspaper read (via Yahoo! News). The "calling out" of gay people in the region is very serious and could lead to violence.

Since the Ugandan homosexuals were named, people in the region could seek them out -- striking up violent riots and even a killing spree. If this happened it wouldn't be the first time. In 2011, an outed Ugandan gay right supporter was "bludgeoned to death at his home." This came after names and addresses of suspected gay people and/or gay rights supporters were published in a newspaper.

As far as the new gay rights law, it has affected the relationship that Uganda has with other countries. According to the report, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway have redirected aid money due to the new anti-gay law. Other countries are expected to follow suit.

The Ugandan homosexuals named by Red Pepper Newspaper could find themselves in great danger -- the harassment and frequent threats of violence against gay members of the country could become more intense now that there has been a law passed that favors the anti-gay movement. More on this new law in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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