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Anti-Gay Bill Difficult To Enforce in Uganda

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was recently passed by the Parliament of Uganda and waits to be assented into a law by the President might be difficult to be implemented.

A new report by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law reveals that it is difficult to prove that a person is gay or has done a homosexual act.

The proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill despite having elaborate provisions will be difficult to enforce since the evidence required is the same as that required now,” states the report released on Wednesday.

The Anti-gay bill which was passed on December 20 by the Parliament of Uganda proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts.

It prohibits any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; prohibit the promotion.

However, since the bill was passed by the Parliament in December, world leaders, human rights activists and gay activists have strongly condemned the bill.

The new report also critiques the enforcement of laws criminalising same-sex marriages and conduct in Uganda saying they infringe on human rights.

“The nullification of the international instruments will simply, render human rights and public health work impossible, thus making Uganda a pariah state,” reads the report.

The report also states that the public money spent on the enforcement of such a law at the expense of other developmental projects is not worthwhile; it is a burden on the tax payer’s money.

However, the MPs are waiting for President Museveni to assent the bill into an act which he said; he needs more time to analysis it before making a decision.

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