Nick Clegg: Uganda’s anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step
The British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has tweeted his strong opposition to Uganda’s anti-gay law, as the country’s President signed it into law today.
It further criminalises homosexuality in the country, implementing life jail sentences for those convicted multiple times.
Mr Clegg tweeted: “The Ugandan anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step for human rights. It should never be a crime to be LGBT.”
The Ugandan anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step for human rights. It should never be a crime to be LGBT.
— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) February 24, 2014
The new law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of “aggravated homosexuality”.
It also makes it a crime not to report gay people to the authorities. Lesbians are covered by the bill for the first time.