Uganda cracks down on homosexuals

16 people are said to be in police custody over suspicions of practicing homosexuality and human trafficking in Uganda.

The arrest is said to have taken place in a neighborhood just outside Kampala as the men were being hosted by another rights group.

A police officer confirmed the arrests, saying the men were detained following a “complaint from the public.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

This arrest comes a few days after claims that Uganda’s ethics minister Simon Lokodo  plans to introduce a bill that would punish gay sex with death. The government spokesman denies such a plan exists. Uganda’s penal code punishes gay sex with up to life in prison.

Four members of Uganda’s LGBT community have been killed in attacks over the last three months, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.