60seconds Sam: Scott Mills - Gay people treated like "dirty minority" in Uganda
Since Scott returned, Uganda has been in the news quite a bit. There have been two big stories which have put the country's views on homosexuality firmly in the spotlight. Last month, the gay rights campaigner David Kato was murdered. Police there insist there's no evidence that he was killed because of his sexuality, but David's colleagues at the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) disagree - they say he'd been receiving death threats after being outed by a newspaper.
Just a few days after David's death, a Ugandan woman who was about to be deported from the UK, managed to win a last minute reprieve. Brenda Namiggade says she's a lesbian and believes that her life would be in danger if she went back to Uganda. She was told that she could stay here temporarily while the courts looked at her case again.
But it's not just Uganda with tough laws on homosexuality. Human Rights Watch, a charity which aims to protect the human rights of people all over the world, says being gay is illegal in around 70 countries including Barbados, Morocco, Afghanistan and the 2022 World Cup hosts - Qatar. In fact, being gay is seen as such a serious crime in some countries, like Iran and Saudi Arabia, that it carries the death penalty.
There's currently no death penalty for gay people in Uganda. The maximum sentence is 14 years in prison, but that could all change if the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is passed. It's being proposed by the Ugandan MP David Bahati who argues that it will protect the traditional family. The Bill would increase the penalty for gay acts to life in prison and would introduce the death penalty for 'serious offenders'. The proposal has been widely condemned and critics include US President Obama. Speaking last year, he said:
"Surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it is here in the United States or... more extremely, in odious laws that are being proposed more recently in Uganda."
You can watch Scott Mills present The World's Worst Place To Be Gay? at 9pm on Monday on BBC Three.
Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three.
- Watch clips and see photos from The World's Worst Place To Be Gay?
- Uganda: Country Profile
- David Kato obituary
- Listen to Scott Mills on Radio 1