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Uganda set to pass anti-gay bill

Uganda is likely to pass a bill criminalising homosexuality in the east African nation and deal a blow to rights activists, but the act will have some changes to appease donors who fund about a third of the budget.

The draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill is part of a growing campaign against homosexuals in Uganda, rights groups say. Critics say the aim is to divert attention from corruption and other political issues ahead of the 2011 national vote.

But the bill’s author, lawmaker David Bahati, says the legislation is about promoting family values. “Homosexuality is not part of the human rights we believe in,” he said.

Activists and political observers expect the private members’ bill, which proscribes the death penalty for “serial offenders” and is still in the committee stage, to pass with little opposition and some minor changes.

Full story at Reuters: Uganda set to pass anti-gay bill, appease donors

Related: Sweden to cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

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