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August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will be forced to make reductions and cutbacks in the face of the World Bank freezing $90 million in aid

Uganda has announced MP expenses, as well as ‘other areas’, will be slashed as donors cut aid over anti-gay law.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will have to make reductions and cutbacks.

Gay rights activists in Uganda are largely opposed to cuts in aid, as they feel it could cause a violent backlash.

‘It will delay the improvement of service delivery in the health sector,’ Mbabazi told reporters.

March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will be forced to make reductions and cutbacks in the face of the World Bank freezing $90 million in aid

Uganda has announced MP expenses, as well as ‘other areas’, will be slashed as donors cut aid over anti-gay law.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will have to make reductions and cutbacks.

Gay rights activists in Uganda are largely opposed to cuts in aid, as they feel it could cause a violent backlash.

‘It will delay the improvement of service delivery in the health sector,’ Mbabazi told reporters.

February 28, 2014

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him

Pope Francis will be flying to Uganda in order to praise Uganda martyrs who rejected gay sex from the country's former king.

The head of the Catholic Church will visit Uganda in October, which has recently enacted one of the worst anti-gay laws in the world.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has confirmed the Pope has accepted the invitation to attend the celebrations to mark 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.

The Vatican is yet to confirm the visit.

February 28, 2014

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him

Pope Francis will be flying to Uganda in order to praise Uganda martyrs who rejected gay sex from the country's former king.

The head of the Catholic Church will visit Uganda in October, which has recently enacted one of the worst anti-gay laws in the world.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has confirmed the Pope has accepted the invitation to attend the celebrations to mark 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.

The Vatican is yet to confirm the visit.

February 11, 2014

Kenyan LGBTIs have held a protest action in solidarity with their Ugandan brothers and sisters – calling on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissuade Uganda from passing a law which could see people jailed for life for being gay

Kenyan LGBTI rights activists protested outside the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi on Monday to stand in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community as their Parliament again prepares to consider draconian legislation to further criminalize homosexuality.

February 10, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly days before he decides to assent or send the Anti-Homosexuality Bill back to parliament

Uganda’s Prime Minister has said the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be ‘fully debated’ before it becomes law.

Amama Mbabazi has hinted the draconic legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, will go back to parliament before it is signed back into law.

Writing on Twitter today (10 February), he said: ‘To all those who sent me messages about the Bill on homosexuality, I want to assure you that it will be fully debated and democratically resolved.’

January 27, 2014

Yoweri Museveni has told the backers of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill that he would only sign it if a team of scientists could prove people were homosexual by choice, but they have not given up on trying to bring the bill back

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told a group of government MPs who are trying to make homosexuality an offense punishable by life imprisonment that he will only sign their bill into law if scientists can prove being gay is not genetic.

Museveni met with his National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus on Friday and stirred an angry response from the group of MPs pushing for the bill after he castigated them over passing the bill without quorum when other MPs were not in the Parliament.

January 7, 2014

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is being urged to not sign a bill criminalizing homosexuality in the African country

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay bill tomorrow (8 January).

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed in Ugandan parliament on 20 December last year.

But it is not law yet. Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has declared the vote invalid because it was passed without quorum - with not enough politicians attending to make it valid.

January 6, 2014

While Amama Mbabazi believes homosexuals are still 'abnormal', he says they should not face life imprisonment or the death penalty

Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said homosexuals should not be killed.

In the strongest political opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill yet, the leader was speaking at the Foreign Affairs Ministry where he was meeting with Ambassadors from foreign missions.

While still describing homosexuality as ‘abnormal’, and likened LGBTI people to ‘mongrels’, Mbabazi said they should still not face life imprisonment or death.

‘I think in our tradition homosexuality is treated as an abnormality,’ he said.

January 6, 2014

While Amama Mbabazi believes homosexuals are still 'abnormal', he says they should not face life imprisonment or the death penalty

Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said homosexuals should not be killed.

In the strongest political opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill yet, the leader was speaking at the Foreign Affairs Ministry where he was meeting with Ambassadors from foreign missions.

While still describing homosexuality as ‘abnormal’, and likened LGBTI people to ‘mongrels’, Mbabazi said they should still not face life imprisonment or death.

‘I think in our tradition homosexuality is treated as an abnormality,’ he said.

December 19, 2012

Anti-gay preacher Reverend Martin Ssempa launches hate-filled attack on transgender LGBT campaigner Pepe Onziema during TV talk show

A Ugandan transgender activist hit back at an extremist anti-gay preacher during a television debate, calling him a 'hooligan'.

LGBT campaigner Pepe Onziema was joined on Ugandan talk show Morning Breeze by Reverend Martin Ssempa - a pastor known for his Bible-thumping sermons against homosexuality in which he shows pornography in churches.

During the interview on the African nation's NBS TV channel, Ssempa launched into a furious rant about why gay sex is unnatural, using a banana to prove why the anus is for 'exit only'.

December 17, 2012

President Yoweri Museveni is against execution of gay people despite bill calling for death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality'

Uganda's president says gay people should not be killed, as the country debates passing a law which would give the death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality’.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is scheduled for discussion in parliament and, if passed, men or women who have gay sex could be imprisoned for life.

Those guilty of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ include HIV positive people who have gay sex or ‘serial offenders’. They will be executed.

December 14, 2012

Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill won't be passed by Christmas, country's prime minister distances himself from proposals, Pope blesses parlaimentary Speaker who is pushing for the law

Uganda's promise of passing a 'kill the gays' bill as a Christmas present looks unlikely to happen now as parliament enters its last day before it breaks until the New Year.

The proposed law would give life in jail for gay sex and even the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

However, despite the Anti-Homosexuality Bill listed under a ‘notice of business to follow’ on the Uganda parliamentary schedule for the last two weeks, it has steadily slipped further down the agenda.

December 14, 2012

Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill won't be passed by Christmas, country's prime minister distances himself from proposals, Pope blesses parlaimentary Speaker who is pushing for the law

Uganda's promise of passing a 'kill the gays' bill as a Christmas present looks unlikely to happen now as parliament enters its last day before it breaks until the New Year.

The proposed law would give life in jail for gay sex and even the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

However, despite the Anti-Homosexuality Bill listed under a ‘notice of business to follow’ on the Uganda parliamentary schedule for the last two weeks, it has steadily slipped further down the agenda.

November 2, 2012

Uganda's parliament passes resolution supporting Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga calls for Anti-Homosexuality Bill revival

Ugandan members of parliament have passed a resolution in support of calls to revive the country's notorious anti-gay bill.

On Wednesday (31 October), Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament, claimed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be passed into law.

During the parliamentary session, politicians from across the political spectrum slammed homosexuality and claimed Western interference was a 'threat' to Uganda's cultural values.

November 2, 2012

Uganda's parliament passes resolution supporting Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga calls for Anti-Homosexuality Bill revival

Ugandan members of parliament have passed a resolution in support of calls to revive the country's notorious anti-gay bill.

On Wednesday (31 October), Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament, claimed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be passed into law.

During the parliamentary session, politicians from across the political spectrum slammed homosexuality and claimed Western interference was a 'threat' to Uganda's cultural values.