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Continued: Uganda passes anti-gay bill that will punish some homosexual acts with life imprisonment

  • Article by: RODNEY MUHUMUZA , Associated Press
  • Last update: December 20, 2013 - 12:40 PM

When the bill was first proposed, Obama called it "odious."

Maria Burnett, a senior Africa researcher with Human Rights Watch, said the bill passed Friday is "still appalling" despite some amendments.

Homosexuality remains a taboo subject across many parts of Africa. Some 38 African countries — about 70 percent of the continent — criminalize homosexual activity, Amnesty International said in a report released earlier this year.

The rights group said of the new Ugandan law that it "would significantly hamper the work of human rights defenders and others who find themselves in conflict with the law merely by carrying out their legitimate activities."

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