The Uganda government is set to ban 38 nongovernmental organizations because they allege that these organizations support and promote gay rights and "recruiting children into homosexuality", say Ugandan officials.
"Some NGOs, under the pretext of providing social services, are receiving funds to promote homosexuality," said Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo. "We will ask them to step aside and stop pretending to work in human rights." The organizations will lose their right to operate in Uganda. The government has yet to release the names of the organization, reports CNN news. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and penalties have included both life in prison and the death penalty.
Lawmakers introduced an anti-homosexuality bill in 2009 that called for the death penalty for "serial offenders." The legislation failed, however a revised version of the bill was introduced in 2012 to further criminalize same-sex relations in a country where homosexuality is already illegal.
Mohammad Ndifuna, director of Human Rights Network Uganda, one of the organizations that will be banned, said the minister's threat was part of a large attack on civil society in Uganda.