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Rights violations ‘surge’ after implementation of Uganda’s anti-LGBT law

Uganda's tough new anti-gay law has sparked a "surge in human rights violations", with people being arrested, evicted or losing their jobs, and at least one transgender person has been murdered, campaign groups said Thursday. Lesbian, gay, bisexual,……

Report: Passage of anti-LGBT laws in Uganda led to ten-fold increase in attacks

Uganda has suffered an alarming rise in attacks on gay and lesbian people since it passed an anti-homosexuality law late last year, research has found. The report, compiled by Sexual Minorities Uganda, detailed an attempted lynching, mob violence, homes burned down, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides. The number…

World Bank delays Uganda’s $90 million loan over anti-LGBT law

The World Bank stalled a $90 million loan planned to help Uganda strengthen its health care system on Thursday after the country put in place a harsh anti-gay law. “We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the…

Peace icon Desmond Tutu warns of ‘Nazi’ parallel to Uganda anti-LGBT law

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu warned on Sunday that Uganda's controversial anti-gay law recalled sinister attempts by the Nazi and apartheid regimes to "legislate against love". The Anglican cleric said he was "very disheartened" to learn that……

China wins $2 billion oil deal in Uganda

China’s state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African nation into the club of oil-producing countries, an official said Friday. “This is a major breakthrough as a country,? Uganda’s junior energy minister Peter Lokeris told AFP, confirming that…

Uganda raids gay rights workshop

A Ugandan minister Tuesday raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists in Entebbe, the minister and Amnesty International said, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced. The London-based rights watchdog said in a statement that Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, who is also a priest, raided the…

Uganda government denies backing anti-gay bill

Uganda’s government has distanced itself from a controversial anti-gay bill calling for severe penalties on homosexuality after it was reintroduced in parliament this week. But in a statement released late Wednesday, the government said parliament had the right to debate the legislation, which was shelved last year after widespread condemnation.…

Uganda bill punishes homosexuality with life in prison

A Ugandan member of parliament has reintroduced a bill that increases criminal penalties for some homosexual acts, but dropped a provision that allows homosexuals to be executed by the state. Parliamentarian David Bahati on Tuesday reintroduced the so-called “kill the gays” bill that he had first introduced in 2009. It…

Wild baby gorillas groom explorer in Uganda

In a wildlife video that’s making the rounds today, an explorer treking through Uganda’s Bwindi National Park has a hair-raising encounter with a pack of wild baby gorillas as a big male Silverback watches silently.…

Ugandan works on space project from mother’s backyard

Chris Nsamba says that at one time or another every successful scientist has been called a madman, and some think he is crazy about working to send the first Ugandan into space — from the backyard of his mother’s home. “People around here used to come and see and say…

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