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Ugandan victim of rape: Say no and they will kill you

A Ugandan victim of rape has spoken about her experience of sexual violence as a weapon of war, ahead of an international conference in London tomorrow.

Polline's voice at the conference, which is chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie, will help to strengthen the prosecutions of those who commit sexual violence in war.

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World Bank delays $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law

The World Bank has suspended a $90 million (£54m) loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill on Monday which calls for life imprisonment for those caught having gay sex.

An asylum seeker from Uganda pictured during a gay pride march in the US. Credit: Reuters

The decision sparked condemnation from western governments and human rights, with Foreign Secreatry William Hague saying he was "deeply saddened and disappointed" by the move.

A spokesman from the bank said the loan was intended to help the east African nation strengthen its health systems, and it wanted to ensure that the development objectives of the project would not be affected by the controversial new law.

Ugandan tabloid publishes list of 'Top 200 homosexuals'

A Ugandan tabloid has published a list of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals the day after the country's president signed an anti-gay law.

The Red Pepper newspaper published the names, and some pictures,in a front-page story under the headline: EXPOSED!

The list included prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, who has repeatedly warned that Uganda's new anti-gay law could spark violence against homosexuals.

ITV News' Africa correspondent, Rohit Kachroo, tweeted that Amnesty has called the list 'chilling'.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni enacted a bill on Monday that punishes gay sex with up to life in jail - a measure criticised as draconian in a country where homosexuality had already been criminalised.

A spokesman for Ugandan police Patrick Onyango said no homosexuals have been arrested since Museveni signed the bill.

Anti-gay bill 'doesn't bode well for any Ugandans'

Gay and lesbian organisations fear the Ugandan anti-gay bill will encourage other governments to strengthen penalties, increase harassment, discourage people from taking HIV tests and make it impossible to live an openly gay life.

"Clawing back these basic rights and criminalising the expression of divergent views doesn't bode well for anyone in Uganda," said Maria Burnett of Human Rights Watch.

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