Gay man faces death penalty in Uganda


A man in Uganda faces the death penalty after being charged with “aggravated homosexuality”.

His lawyer told Reuters the 20-year-old was the first to be prosecuted for the offence under tough new anti-LGBTQ legislation signed into law in May.

According to the charge sheet, he is accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 41-year-old man, although no further details were given.

“Aggravated homosexuality” can involve sex with children or vulnerable people.

It can also be deemed aggravated if someone is forced to have same-sex relations, is infected with a life-long illness including HIV or in cases of serial offenders.


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