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Ugandan police charge 16 LGBTIQ activists with ‘crime’ of gay sex

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Uganda has passed a bill further outlawing “unnatural” same-sex relations and doubling down on laws criminalising its LGBT community. The parliament of Uganda confirmed they passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019 this week, putting consensual gay sex on par with bestiality under the law. Ugandan MPs first drafted the bill as far back as 2015. …

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Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and other celebrities with ties to Ghana have spoken out in support of the African nation’s besieged LGBTIQ community. LGBT+ Rights Ghana opened an office in the African country on January 31. However the facility attracted furious homophobic backlash. Armed officers raided and shut it down on February 24. Sixty-seven UK …

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Angola has decriminalised homosexuality, lifting an archaic colonial-era ban on same-sex relationships in the southern African nation. The country reformed its Penal Code, overturning a ban on same-sex relationships inherited from when the country was a Portuguese colony. The old law described same-sex relationships as a “vice against nature”. But in January 2019, Angolan lawmakers …

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Sixty-nine countries worldwide still criminalise consensual same-sex activity and at least half are actively using those laws to persecute LGBTIQ people, a new report has found. That’s according to global advocacy group ILGA World’s latest update to their State-Sponsored Homophobia report, released this week. “As of December 2020, 69 UN member states continue to criminalise …

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Twenty LGBT people in Uganda have sued authorities for alleged torture in prison after their arrest during coronavirus lockdown. In late March authorities arrested the gay and bisexual men and four trans women at a shelter in Kampala where they were staying. Harrowing footage showed the men whipped, interrogated, searched and publicly shamed during the …

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The East African nation of Sudan has abolished the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality. Local LGBTIQ rights group Bedayaa said the reform was one of several passed recently by the country’s Sovereign Council. Article 148 of its Penal Code, which banned same-sex relations and prescribed whippings or the death penalty, was amended to …

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Gabon has voted to decriminalise homosexuality, reversing a ban on gay sex put in place last year in the Central African nation. Last year the country legislated a ban on “sexual relations between people of the same sex.” Punishments included six months’ imprisonment and fines of up to five million FCFA ($AU12,440). However, Gabon’s lower …

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President Pierre Nkurunziza promised the citizens of Burundi recently that he negotiated divine protection from the pandemic for the country. Nkurunziza was both murderous despot and born-again Christian. His wife is an ordained minister. She visited Australia last year for the opening of a consulate at Margaret Court’s church. Now, his wife is recovering, and …

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Following an ongoing dispute with the government over gay rights, the State Department recalled the US ambassador to Zambia. Last month, Ambassador Daniel Foote expressed dismay at the jailing of two local gay men. A judge sentenced them to 15 years each for a consensual private sex act in 2017. A worker at a holiday …

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Police in Uganda have arrested around 120 LGBTIQ people in a raid on a bar known as a safe haven for the queer community in the African country. The raid happened at the RAM Bar late on Sunday night in Uganda’s capital Kampala, during a weekly LGBTIQ gathering at the venue. Armed police herded bar …

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