Uganda surreptitiously reintroduces homosexuality ban in new Bill

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Uganda's Parliament has ‘quietly’ passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019 which reintroduced a ban on homosexuality in the country, reports Uganda Radio Network.

Lawmakers also rejected a proposal that allows an individual, who had consented to a sexual act, to withdraw that consent at any time before or during the performance of the sexual act. The object of the Bill is to enact a specific law on sexual offences for the effectual prevention of sexual violence and to provide protection of victims during sexual offences trials.

Pink News reported that the law ‘includes introducing a sex offenders registry and making it an offence to use date rape drugs or to release a tape or recording of a sex act without consent’. The latest ban comes after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed by Parliament in 2013. The law proposed life imprisonment or the death penalty, but after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni signed it into law the following year, it was annulled by the Constitutional Court.

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