Two men in Uganda are set to stand trial for “aggravated homosexuality” in separate incidents as the country’s controversial anti-gay laws continue to draw attention. The first suspect, a 20-year-old, is accused of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a 41-year-old man with a disability. The second suspect is accused of a sexual act with a 12-year-old child of the same sex. These crimes fall under the new law enacted in May, which prohibits incest, sex with children, and sexual acts involving people with disabilities or the elderly.
Critics argue that the law is unconstitutional and seeks to criminalize consensual conduct between adults. However, the bill enjoys substantial support from lawmakers, Christian and Muslim leaders in Uganda, and some social media commentators. The law carries the possibility of capital punishment for those found guilty.
CNN’s reporting on the trials has been criticized for focusing on the controversy surrounding the law rather than the crimes themselves. The news outlet dedicated a significant portion of its article to detailing the global condemnation of the law by individuals and organizations who oppose it. President Yoweri Museveni has stood firm against external pressure, stating that Uganda will not be coerced into abandoning its faith, culture, principles, and sovereignty.