Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill Concerning to Critics

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Ugandan lawmakers are set to vote on a new anti-homosexuality bill that would enforce tough jail sentences for consensual same-sex behavior.

The return of the bill was announced by speaker Rebecca Kadaga who wants the legislation passed by the end of this year or as early as this week.

Ugandans "are demanding it," she told anti-gay activists on Friday. They've argued homosexuality poses a "serious threat to Ugandan children."

Amnesty International is calling on the Ugandan parliament not to pass the bill because it would violate non-discrimination treaties.

If passed, the wording of the bill would "prohibit and penalize homosexual behavior and related practices in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family."

Critics worry the phrase "related practices" could mean anything and leaves the door open to subjective interpretations.

Any form of advocacy and failure to report an offense will be subject to a fine and up to three years in prison. This would include medical staff, counselors, priests, and pastors, employers, and family members.

Also, "victims" would be allowed to kill anyone they claim has committed a homosexual offense against them, something opponents say allows for potential acts of physical violence against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) people.

Jurisdiction under the bill would extend beyond the borders of Uganda to include the "nullification of inconsistent international treaties, protocols declarations and conventions."

Homosexuality is illegal in most countries in Africa and in several nations, the death penalty can be imposed.

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