Last updated: 16 october, 2009 - 13:58 GMT

Uganda considers new anti-gay law

It is not easy being gay in Uganda and it could be about to get even more difficult.

A gay activist in Uganda wearing a mask (Photo: Katherine Elaine Roubos)

Gay people in Uganda have long alleged persecution

Homosexual acts are already illegal, but the Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposes new offences and urges the toughening of existing penalties.

The new law is being discussed in Parliament and would create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality".

It would target gay people who have sex while HIV-positive, or if their partner has a disability, or is under 18.

The crime would be punishable by death.

Frank Magisha is a Ugandan gay rights activist.

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First broadcast 16 October 2009

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