KAMPALA, Uganda — Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reporting a surge in the rights violations of gay people in Uganda following the enactment of a severe anti-gay law.
The rights groups said in a statement Thursday that LGBTI people face “a notable increase in arbitrary arrests, police abuse and extortion, loss of employment, evictions and homelessness.”
The groups say scores have fled the country.
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The new law allows jail terms of up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.
Gay leaders say the measure has sent many underground in a country where known homosexuals face severe discrimination and even attacks.
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