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Ugandan police officers stay at the entrance of the Esella Country Hotel after police raided a gay rights workshop which was taking place in the hotel, in Kampala, on June 18, 2012. East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the organisation behind the workshop, said that police forced their way into some activists' hotel rooms and interrupted the meeting, questioning participants at the event, including activists from Canada, Kenya and Rwanda. Activists condemned the police action and said it represented a growing trend. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and can be punished by lengthy prison sentences. Since 2009 a controversial bill has been before parliament that would impose the death penalty for certain homosexual acts.