On Wednesday, appeals for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to veto a “appalling” anti-gay bill were spearheaded by the United Nations and the United States.
In a chaotic nearly seven-hour session, Ugandan MPs enacted the Anti-Homosexuality Act late on Tuesday, mandating severe punishments for anyone involved in same-sex conduct.
It was not immediately apparent what new penalties had been agreed upon for homosexuality in the conservative East African country, but there were rumors that certain offenders would face the death penalty or possibly life in jail.
Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, pleaded with Museveni not to sign the bill into law.
He issued a statement saying, “The approval of this discriminatory bill — perhaps one of the worst of its kind in the world — is a highly worrying event.”
“Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Uganda will become criminals just for existing and for being who they are if the president signs it into law.
It might give people free rein to consistently violate almost all of their human rights and promote conflict amongst groups of people.”