Ugandan advisers falsified report to boost anti-gay bill

Published: February 25, 2014

 Anti-gay advisers to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni tampered with a report that Ugandan scientists prepared for him as he deliberated about whether to sign the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

 
Museveni had asked for a panel of experts to advise him on whether homosexuality is fixed at birth or is learned behavior that can be chosen.
 
“The Ugandan ministerial task team asked by the president to advise him on homosexuality falsified the information contained in the report given by medical and psychological experts, twisting it to show that homosexuality should indeed be further criminalised,” the Mail & Guardian of South Africa reported.
 
Museveni signed the bill Feb. 24, enacting a law that provides for life imprisonment for anyone who touches someone with the intent of engaging in  homosexual activity, as well as five to seven years in prison for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.” (See details of the law here.)

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