How all of Uganda may suffer from its 'tragic' anti-homosexuality law

The East African country enacted one of the world's harshest laws against homosexuality. The effects will be far-reaching.

Protesters against Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill
Uganda's new anti-gay law includes a prison term of up to 20 years for anyone who promotes homosexuality
(Image credit: Alet Pretorius / Gallo Images via Getty Images)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently signed a bill ramping up criminal penalties for homosexuality, including life in prison for anyone who engages in gay sex and the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," a category that includes having same-sex relations while HIV-positive or with minors or other vulnerable people.

President Biden urged Uganda to immediately repeal the "shameful" and "tragic violation of universal human rights." The United Nations Human Rights Office said it was "appalled that the draconian and discriminatory anti-gay bill is now law," and top European Union diplomat Josep Borrell called it "deplorable." The British government, whose colonial anti-sodomy laws are still on the books in Uganda, condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Act as "appalling" and "deeply discriminatory."

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.