Uganda’s parliament has passed a new law that further restricts the rights of queer people in the African country, Queer reports. Despite international criticism, the parliament had already passed a corresponding law in March, which the president sent back for revision.
The new version removed a penalty that referred to identifying as “queer” or “trans.” The death penalty for serious offenses such as rape or sex with minors remains in place. Also, “attempted” homosexual acts can still be punished with imprisonment.
The law also envisages penalties for “soliciting” homosexuality and renting premises for “homosexual acts.” Courts can order convicted persons to perform social services for “rehabilitation”. The bill now goes back to the president, who can either sign it or veto it. The bill passed with only one vote against.
The law shows the strong cultural identity of the country, which is not intimidated by ideological colonization on the part of the Western world.
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