A 20-year-old man is facing a potential death sentence after he became the first person to be charged with “aggravated homosexuality” under Uganda’s new law that calls for the death penalty for some same-sex sexual relations.
The unnamed man was charged with aggravated homosexuality after he "performed unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 41-year-old man.
The man’s lawyer told four other individuals have been charged under the new law but that her client is the first to be charged with aggravated homosexuality.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed by the Uganda Parliament and signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni in May 2023. People found to be “engaging in acts of homosexuality” can be sentenced to life in prison
The law calls for the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality,” which refers to repeat offenders and people living with HIV engaging in same-sex sexual relations.