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Ugandan president signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

English.news.cn   2014-02-24 19:31:55            

ENTEBBE, Uganda, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law the controversial anti-gay bill which stipulates harsh penalties for homosexual offenses.

Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law before government officials, scientists and journalists at State House Entebbe, 40 km south of the capital Kampala.

Museveni said he signed the bill basing on the fact that there is no scientific proof yet that people are homosexuals by genetics.

Those found guilty of homosexual acts will be jailed up to 14 years under the new law, a sentence that increases to life in "aggravated" cases, such as those committed by an HIV positive person, or those involving minors, the disabled and serious offenders.

The signing of the bill has attracted international condemnation, including the United States.

There are fears that the signing of the bill may force several western countries to withdraw aid to the East African country.

Editor: Fu Peng
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