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The Ugandan parliament has passed a controversial Sexual Offences Bill which contains clauses that criminalizes same-sex relationships and sex work. The bill which awaits the signature of President Yoweri Museveni prescribes a five-year jail term for anyone guilty of same-sex acts and has been pending since 2014. Although the new bill protects victims of domestic violence within and outside marriage, gives women the right to withdraw consent, it, however, puts queer Ugandans in a precarious and vulnerable position.

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Frank Mugisha, director at Sexual Minorities Uganda said: “It is unfortunate that the parliament of Uganda is obsessed with legislating around people’s private lives. Such legislation is very hard to enforce. This will only increase the vulnerability of LGBT persons. This is yet another law that will be used by law enforcers to harass, blackmail, and arrest LGBT persons. I also do not see the need, since same-sex relations are already criminalized in our penal code.”

The Ugandan parliament has passed a controversial Sexual Offences Bill which contains clauses that criminalizes same-sex relationships and sex work. The bill which awaits the signature of President Yoweri Museveni prescribes a five-year jail term for anyone guilty of same-sex acts and has been pending since 2014. Although the new bill protects victims of domestic violence within and outside marriage, gives women the right to withdraw consent, it, however, puts queer Ugandans in a precarious and vulnerable position. Read Also: Uganda launches drone carrier in its war against HIV/AIDS Frank Mugisha, director at Sexual Minorities Uganda said: “It is unfortunate that the parliament of

On the 24th of February, Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure saying, “the issue of the criminality of LGBTQ is non-negotiable and our cultural practices also frown on it” Ghana’s Catholic church bishops’ conference had also released a statement last Saturday demanding the LGBTQ rights center be shut down and condemned “all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana” Same-sex relationships are considered illegal in Ghana attracting up to 25 years in prison, however, according to Human Rights Watch,

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