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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.

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.


Uganda anti-gay bill an 'abhorrent backwards step'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has branded Uganda's anti-gay bill as an "abhorrent backwards step for human rights".

Hague 'deeply saddened' by Uganda's anti-gay bill

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he was "deeply saddened and disappointed" by Uganda's decision to extend the ban on homosexuality.

Foreign Secretary William Hague. Credit: Press Association

The bill, which was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni, calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.

He said: "The UK strongly opposes all discrimination on any grounds. We question the Bill's compatibility with Uganda's constitution and international treaty obligations.

"There can be no doubt that this Bill will increase persecution and discrimination of Ugandans, as well as damage Uganda's reputation internationally."

Homosexuality is already a criminal act in Uganda and the new bill is set to recommend a term of life imprisonment for those found guilty of "aggravated homosexuality", defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults.

Ugandan president says gay sex can 'give you worms'

Yoweri Museveni said he "failed to understand" how men can "fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man". Credit: Reuters/James Akena

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said "you can come back with worms" after engaging in gay sexual acts as he claimed the nation's anti-gay legislation that will see repeat 'offenders' locked up for life is backed by scientific "facts".

Mr Museveni, a devout evangelical Christian, said homosexuals were "heterosexual people" who act as "prostitutes because of money" in an astonishing statement deliberately intended as a rebuke of "Western countries".

He said he had received scientific "facts" before signing in the anti-gay laws, saying: "No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature."

He said homosexuality in Uganda has been "provoked by the arrogant and careless Western groups that are coming in our schools and recruiting homosexuals into homosexuality and lesbianism".

Mr Museveni also issued a sharp warning to outside nations not to interfere on the matter.

"I would advise Western countries, this is a no-go area," he said. "I don't mind being in a collision course with the West. I am prepared."

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