A gay Ugandan man has told how he was subjected to torturous anal examinations to prove his sexuality, in a country notorious for its violent homophobia. The vicious punishment is just the latest example of forced anal examinations, tracked by Human Rights Watch, in the east African country. We were questioned, beaten again and forced to admit to homosexuality. The doctor puts a machine up your rectum.
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Gay in Uganda, and not giving up
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Update: On October 12, a government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, tweeted that the government "does not intend to introduce any new law with regards to regulation of LGBT activities in Uganda because the current provisions in the penal code are sufficient. Kampala — Ugandan authorities should thoroughly investigate the fatal attack on October 4, on an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said today.
Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal. Non-vaginal intercourse such as oral sex and anal sex between heterosexuals is also illegal. Under the Penal Code, "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.