Uganda’s parliament has passed a bill that would criminalize people who identify as gay or a sexual minority.
Individuals could face lengthy prison terms if the bill is signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni.
Under the proposed legislation, friends, family, and members of the community would have a duty to report individuals in same-sex relationships to the authorities.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in the east African country.
But the bill seeks to go further and criminalize people on the basis of their sexual identity
The bill also stipulates that a person who is convicted of grooming or trafficking children for the purposes of engaging them in homosexual activities faces life in prison.
Individuals or institutions which support or fund LGBT rights activities or organizations, or publish, broadcast, and distribute pro-gay media material and literature, also face prosecution and imprisonment.
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