UK university suspends Uganda degrees in gay law row


A UK university is suspending accreditation for courses at a Ugandan university, in response to proposed legislation against homosexuality.
The University of Buckingham says it has been "increasingly concerned" about the proposed anti-gay bill and its "constraints on freedom of speech".
As such the university says it will no longer validate courses at Victoria University in Kampala.
Buckingham says it will make "viable arrangements" for existing students.
The private UK university says the decision has been agreed with Edulink, the owners of Victoria University.
It will affect seven courses accredited by the University of Buckingham, with around 200 students.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda - but the proposed bill would increase the penalties.The courses include business management, accounting, journalism and computing.
The bill proposes longer jail terms for homosexual acts, including a life sentence in certain circumstances.
World leaders have condemned the proposals and foreign donors have threatened to cut aid if gay rights are not respected.