Uganda: New anti-LGBTQ law restricts media and activists, too
24 March 2023 | 10:25 am
Uganda's new and stricter laws to punish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer people puts draconian restrictions on the media and advocates for LGBTQ rights, too.
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