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US urged to recall Uganda envoy over gay bill

21 February 2014, 17:25

Cape Town – A rights group has reportedly urged the United State to recall its ambassador to Uganda and review diplomatic relations after President Yoweri Museveni insisted he would go ahead and sign into law a controversial anti-homosexuality bill.

According to Al Jazeera, Human Rights Watch said the bill violated the country’s human rights obligations and would act as a barrier to advancing critical public health goals.

Last week, a Ugandan government official said Museveni had decided to sign the bill after a team of "medical experts" from the country's health ministry issued a statement saying "there is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality".

The anti-gay bill was introduced in 2009 and initially proposed a death sentence for homosexual acts, but was amended to prescribe jail terms including life in jail for what it called aggravated homosexuality.

President Barack Obama warned early this week that the signing of the bill would complicate US relations with Uganda.

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