The United States and the United Nations have called on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to reject a bill targeting the LGBTQ+ community. The bill, which was passed by lawmakers on March 21, includes provisions that criminalize homosexual activities, with offenders facing life imprisonment. Additionally, individuals and institutions that support or fund LGBTQ+ rights could face prosecution. A proposed 20-year jail term has also been reported for entities that promote homosexuality.
If the bill is signed into law, the United States has warned of possible economic sanctions against Uganda. Uganda is a religiously conservative country, and President Museveni has been known to make harsh remarks about the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ individuals have routinely been targeted and raided.
The bill must now receive the president’s signature to become law. Other African countries, including Kenya and Ghana, have also rejected LGBTQ+ orientations. Ghana is currently in the process of passing its own anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, which is believed to have the support of the majority of lawmakers, including the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin