Last updated: 18 december, 2009 - 11:48 GMT

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Gay rights demonstrators take part in a protest outside the Ugandan High Commission in London, December 2009

Gay rights campaigners and the European Union have condemned the bill

A draft law currently going through parliament in Uganda has prompted controversy far beyond East Africa.

These are some of the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

  • Gay men and lesbians convicted of having sex would be sentenced, at minimum, to life in prison.
  • Homosexuals who have sex with a minor may receive the death penalty.
  • Anyone who knows of homosexual activity taking place and fails to report it risks up to three years in prison.

The bill is currently in committee prior to a Second Reading in parliament that is due to happen in February.

It is expected to become law soon after that.

The bill was introduced by an MP named David Bahati.

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First broadcast 17 December 2009

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