- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

At least three Ugandans have committed suicide and five others attempted in the last two weeks over the anti-gay law, gay rights activists have revealed.

President Yoweri Museveni signed into law Monday a bill that provides for prison sentences ranging up to life behind bars for homosexuals.

LGBT activists worry the law will lead to gay people being “hunted down” by angry mobs seeking a scapegoat, Gay Star News reported.

“There’s been many suicide attempts over the last two weeks, at least eight,” Pepe Julian Onziema, a gay activist in Uganda, told the publication. “Like on Thursday, a man swallowed a bottle of pills and had to be taken to hospital.”

“He’s still in hospital. He’s disappointed that he did not die,” he said.

Mr. Onziema and others fear the law could lead to even more mob attacks.

“They call their bill ‘theirs.’ It is not,” he said. “They don’t understand it. The law doesn’t allow you to go attack people. It’s a badge of violent ignorance.”

“They will attack anyone who they suspect is gay. This was happening before it was made law, and it will only increase. They’re probably on the hunt now,” he said.

Just Tuesday, local newspaper Red Pepper published a list of what editors determined to be the “200 top” homosexuals in the country — some of whom had not yet been outed.

Under the headline “EXPOSED!” the publication listed some of the nation’s most prominent names, including a popular hip-hop star, a Catholic priest and Mr. Onziema himself.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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