Government officials in the African nation of Uganda have announced they will reintroduce a bill that will allow for execution of citizens convicted of homosexual acts.
President Yoweri Museveni endorsed the bill and has said he hopes to reintroduce it by the end of the year. Uganda had a similar law on the books until 2014, when the Constitutional Court of Uganda nullified it. Homosexuality remains criminal in the country.
“Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been a massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that,” said Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo. He added: “Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalizes the act. We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.”
If passed, Uganda would join a handful of nations like Iran and Saudia Arabia which encourage the execution of LGBTQ people. Several religious groups in the United States and Europe had previously attracted controversy for donating funds or speaking out in support of the “kill the gays” law.