Uganda has signed into law a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which criminalizes same-sex relationships and includes provisions for life imprisonment and the death penalty for certain offenses.
U.S. President Joe Biden
has condemned the legislation as a "tragic violation of universal human rights" and has threatened to cut aid to Uganda over the issue.
The European Union and Britain have also expressed their opposition to the law, with the EU warning that it could affect relations with Uganda and Britain calling it "deeply discriminatory." A human rights group in Uganda has filed a legal challenge to the legislation, arguing that it is unconstitutional.
Uganda has passed a law that criminalizes homosexuality, receiving widespread criticism from human rights organizations such as the UN Human Rights Office and Amnesty International.
The law has been decried as a "step in the wrong direction for the protection of human rights" and is expected to bring harm to the already persecuted LGBTQ community in Uganda.
The revised bill requires reporting of suspected homosexual activity, but eliminated a provision that required citizens to report suspected homosexual activity or face imprisonment.
The law also criminalizes the promotion of homosexuality and organizations that encourage same-sex activity, and could result in up to 20 years in jail.
The European Parliament has condemned the bill and the US has threatened to cut aid to Uganda.