Homosexuality is already unlawful within the East African nation underneath a colonial-era legislation criminalizing intercourse acts “towards the order of nature.” The punishment for that offense is life imprisonment.
The brand new legislation prescribes the demise penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” which is outlined as circumstances of sexual relations involving folks contaminated with HIV in addition to minors and different classes of weak folks.
A suspect convicted of “tried aggravated homosexuality” may be jailed for 14 years and the offense of “tried homosexuality” is punishable by as much as 10 years, based on the invoice.
Though the legislation would now not criminalize those that establish as LGBTQ, jail phrases of as much as 20 years are proposed for many who advocate or promote the rights of LGBTQ folks.
The invoice handed by lawmakers on Tuesday will return to Museveni, who can signal or veto it. It was not instantly clear what different adjustments lawmakers made to the invoice in a prolonged plenary session within the capital, Kampala.
Museveni is underneath strain from the worldwide group to veto the laws.
The U.S. has warned of financial penalties if the laws is enacted, and a bunch of U.N. consultants described the invoice beforehand handed by lawmakers as “an egregious violation of human rights.”