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Gambia passes bill imposing life in prison for some homosexual acts

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Gambian presidentYahya Jammeh
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A Gambian lawmaker says the National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. Minority leader Samba Jallow said Monday the bill brings life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality." A draft bill seen by The Associated Press contains language identical to a controversial anti-gay bill signed i...

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Mugabe says China aid doesn’t require Zimbabwe to ‘embrace homosexuality’

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe told a Chinese TV interviewer that he resents Western international aid because it always depends on conditions such as accepting homosexuality. The Telegraph reports that Mugabe praised Beijing for being “very constructive” in its assistance towards Zimbabwe, remarking that aid from Europe and America “always attach conditions” ...

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Ugandan gays who fled persecution still feel danger in neighboring Kenya

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. I went there. I thought it would be a celebration, but ... nothing," said Brizan Ogollan, founder of an aid organization...

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Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this month, saying the measure is not a priority and could hurt the country's economic development. Museveni, who held a meeting Monday with lawmakers from his party, urged parliamentarians ...

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Kenya considers harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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NAIROBI, Kanya -- Lawmakers in Kenya are considering a new draft bill that proposes harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning or life in prison. The Republican Liberty Party in Kenya's National Assembly introduced the bill, prohibiting any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex.

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Uganda LGBT community holds pride parade in Entebbe

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ugandans take part in the 3rd Annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
ENTEBBE, Uganda -- Members of Uganda's LGBT community and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

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Uganda lawmakers launch campaign to revive anti-gay law

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
LGBT rights activists protest Uganda's anti-gay law in London in January after lawmakers passed the measure without a quorum.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said Wednesday. About 150 lawmakers have promised to vote in support of the bill when parliament emerges from a recess later this month, said parliamentarian Latif Ssebaggala, who is ...

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Uganda lawmakers vow swift re-enactment of anti-gay law

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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KAMPALA, Uganda -- Just days after a Uganda court in Uganda declared the country's controversial Anti-Homosexuality law unconstitutional, Members of Parliament are already vowing to reintroduce the same bill in for enactment. A panel of five judges on the East African country’s Constitutional Court ruled Friday the measure, passed December 20 and signed...

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law, says measure passed illegally

| Friday, August 1, 2014
A photo of Uganda's president hangs on the wall, left, as Judge, Stephen Kavuma reads the verdict at Uganda’s Constitutional court, Friday, Aug.1, 2014. A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote...

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Sweden to resume development aid payments to Uganda

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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Just four months after suspending development aid payments to Uganda over passage of an anti-homosexuality law, the Swedish embassy in Kampala said Monday that Sweden would extend nearly $200 million in development support to Uganda over the next five years. The aid would go to improve child and maternal health, sustainable growth and...

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