It’s confirmed that the Ugandan parliament has adjourned without debating a controversial bill which includes the death penalty for gays. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been condemned by Western leaders and human rights groups, many of whom are still celebrating this "victory".
The bill, first introduced in 2009, could still be brought up when the new parliament meets later this year. Uganda is a largely conservative society and many people condemn homosexuality both as un-African and un-Christian. However recent years have seen an improvement and a number of gay groups setting up in the country, regardless of the political and legal situation.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but the bill would increase the penalty for those convicted to life in prison.
Those found guilty of of "aggravated homosexuality" – defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender" – would face the death penalty.