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LGBTQI+: Death sentence for gays in Uganda
The Ugandan Parliament has passed a law that pronounces death sentences on people caught in aggravated homosexual activities in that country.
Ghana through a private members’ bill in Parliament has propounded a bill on Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values which is set to be laid before Parliament by the end of March this year.
This was revealed by a proponent and sponsor of the bill and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Sam Nartey George.
His revelation comes after the committee on Monday, 27 March 2023, held a closed-door hearing with the State Attorney on his Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) raising some human rights challenges with the bill.
However, speaking to the press in Parliament today, February 23, 2023, Sam George indicated that the Attorney General is now in full support of the bill as many of the issues he raised have already been taken care of.
He further said that the committee has done a yeoman’s job as the landmark bill is almost ready to be laid before the plenary by the close of March this year.
President Akufo-Addo at a joint press conference with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday, 27 March 2023, told international journalists who enquired of the bill that: “My understanding with the recent discussion I had with the chairman of the committee is that substantial elements of the bill have already been modified”.
“The statement that there is legislation to that effect is not accurate,” Mr Akufo-Addo corrected the New York Times reporter.
He then clarified: “The legislation is a legislation that is being proposed as a private members’ bill”, stressing:
“This is not an official legislation of the government but it is being mooted by a handful of private members”.
The Parliament of Uganda has unanimously considered and passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 with a maximum penalty of death sentence and imprisonment for other offences as shown below:
The bill is expected to eventually go to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for assent. Museveni last week derided homosexuals as “deviants.”
Anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment is deeply entrenched in the highly conservative and religious East African nation.
Uganda made headlines in 2009 when it introduced an anti-homosexuality bill that included a death sentence for gay sex.
“A person who commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality and is liable, on conviction to suffer death,” read the amendments, which were presented by the chairperson for legal and parliamentary affairs Robina Rwakoojo.
Opposition lawmaker Asuman Basalirwa introduced the Anti Homosexuality Bill 2023 to parliament, saying it aims to “protect our church culture; the legal, religious and traditional family values of Ugandans from the acts that are likely to promote sexual promiscuity in this country.”
“The objective of the bill was to establish a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect traditional family values, our diverse culture, our faiths, by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex and the promotion or recognition of sexual relations between persons of the same sex,” Basalirwa said on Tuesday.
The country’s lawmakers passed a bill in 2014, but they replaced the death penalty clause with a proposal for life in prison. That law was ultimately struck down.