On 13 March 2014, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on Member States of the European Union, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, to consider imposing targeted sanctions, such as travel and visa bans, on the key individuals responsible for drafting and adopting laws in Uganda and Nigeria criminalizing homosexuality.
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill was adopted by the Ugandan Parliament on 20 December 2013 and signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta on 24 February 2014. It punishes “support” for homosexuality with 7 yearsʼ imprisonment and “repeat offenders” or HIV-positive offenders with life imprisonment. The Nigerian Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill was adopted by the Nigerian Senate on 17 December 2013 and signed into law in January 2014. It punishes those in same-sex relationships with 14-year prison sentences, and people witnessing same-sex marriages or operating or participating in LGBT bars, organisations or societies with up to 10 yearsʼ imprisonment.