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Uganda Sees First Charges of “Aggravated Homosexuality” After Passing Homophobic New Law

HeadlineAug 30, 2023

In Uganda, two men are facing what are believed to be the first charges of “aggravated homosexuality” after a draconian new anti-LGBTQIA law was passed earlier this year, which also punishes consensual same-sex relations. The “crime” could lead to life in prison and even the death penalty. The law has been widely condemned by rights groups, the U.N. and other countries. Earlier this month, the World Bank said it is suspending new loans to Uganda over the law.

Meanwhile, in Nigeria, over five dozen people were arrested at a gay wedding in the south of the country Monday. Same-sex marriage is illegal in Nigeria and punishable by up to 14 years behind bars. More than 30 African nations ban same-sex relationships.

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